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IN MY ELEMENT: INTERVIEW WITH LORETTA LIZZIO

It’s that time again! Here at Element Eden we love nothing more than to find ourselves in full adoration with talented and passionate women who inspire us, which brings us to the wonderful Loretta Lizzio. Most of you already know her, but for those of you who don’t this beautiful girl has been apart of the Eden family for a while now and we’re still head over heels with this talented soul. This ray of sunshine first caught our eyes with her gorges smile and our hearts with her personality, not to mention her ridiculously good artistic talent…

Having grown up on a quiet farm in far North Queensland, Loretta, from quite a young age used her surroundings as inspiration, influencing a lot of her earlier work. She used simply her imagination along with a pencil as a means for an escape to draw. Over time Loretta’s work has progressed and reformed itself, as much as a lot of her work has changed, she’s stuck true to her beautiful intricate linework. Always engaging in the exploration of nature, wildlife and the ocean, Loretta has defined a captivating signature style that we all can’t get enough of. Her developed style has shown true to her heart and who she is as an artist. She is now exploring a variety of different avenues like photography to help explore herself creatively.

With a heart full of adventure, this girl is happiest with some good food, great friends, smooth tunes and a glass of red wine. She’s definitely got the right idea! and one of the very many reasons we love her to pieces!

Getting to know Loretta a little more…

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? You grew up in North QLD, how has your background and life events influenced your work?

I grew up on a farm in FNQ. I think with earlier works for sure it had influenced me. I was
drawing girls riding horse back with flowing hair, surrounded by dragonflies or under water. I think my work has changed a lot since then.

2. How would you describe your artistic style? Intricate linework seems very prevelant in your work, is this your signature style?

Portraiture would be one of the first words that come to mind. I however draw these figures to more so represent an emotion rather then a person. They are always floating in space, quite stark and simple, often with one spot colour, usually blue or cream. I would say line work is my signature style, i do enjoy it so much! However i have of late been leaving it at the door.

3. When do you feel ‘ In Your Element’?

I feel most in my Element when i am exploring and discovering. This with some good food, hanging with my closest friends, great music, i could not be happier!!

4. Can you tell us about your simple life pleasures and how you spend your ‘me time’? I do love cooking and experimenting with food. This, a glass of red, some good music and my sketch book or experimental piece followed by a cosy movie and good company. This is a usual 'me time' night :)

5. If you could leave at the drop of a hat to travel anywhere, it would be.....

Mexico!

6. Where do you regularly turn to for creative inspiration?

Galleries, art books/magazines, music, documentaries/movies, coffee and food!

7. Tell us about some of your favourite moments which have occurred during your career as an artist? (e.g. exhibitions, art school, people buying your works etc)

Probably my first ever art show. It was confirmation for me that this is what i absolutelylove and want to do with my life. My second show was also a huge highlight for me. Being surrounded by my favourite people, my fist show as an Element Eden artist and just all round great vibes. I had the best night ever!!

8. What are you looking forward to and whats your next big project?

I am looking forward to some exciting commission artworks. My next goal is to start building a new body of work and aim towards my next show. I am also considering going back into study next year, Fine art. Exciting!

9. What type of environment do you need to create your work and get in the right mind frame? Is it by surrounding yourself with plants? People? Natural light & big windows?

I need to create a space that is completely my own. I don't work well in a space where people can constantly walk through and disrupt. I love being surrounded by imagery of other artists work that inspire me, some of my own experiments, books/magazines, lots of greenery and natural light. All these things help to create good vibes in the work space.

10. What is your ideal way to spend time over a 24 hour period ?

A good day for me is rising early and going for a run or walk to my favourite cafe to read the paper and get coffee. If i start a day like this it is my meditation. It puts me in a great headspace and the rest of the day is usually a great one. I spend it catching up with friends, carrying on with personal or commission works and other fun random activities like basketball, fishing or hiking.