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‘I am a self taught artist living in New Jersey down the street from where they filmed the reality show “Jersey Shore”. I take trips down to the boardwalk every weekend for inspiration and get to meet some interesting people. I have always been an artist since childhood, I guess you can say I was born to paint. I love art and love getting paint on my clothes and on the floor, I am a rebel that way. My artwork comes from my heart and soul. I believe we were all given a talent and this is mine.’

Laura, welcome and thank you for agreeing to participate in this project.  Your art is as versatile and interesting as your article.  Let’s get right to it.

No. 1) What is art (painting) to and for you?

Art is my life. I live to Paint and Paint to live. My income is based solely on the sales of my original paintings. I also Love to Paint and Art is a big part of my Soul.

No. 2) What inspires you?Laura Barbosa 3

My greatest inspiration comes from city life and nature. In the city there is so much going on, from graffiti walls to cool architecture, that it makes for a good painting. People watching is also fascinating and can lead to abstract figures and cubism art. I love color so I like to make a grand composition with different hues to enhance my artwork. Just recently I was inspired by the sun and the moon. The moonlight casting down in the alley of a very urban street with nothing but a garbage can and an old car. Perfect for creating something unique. An abstract cityscape with a raw feel and maybe a cubist human form in the foreground with Batman jumping into the scene. How cool.

In nature, every creature is fascinating and the colors and patterns from animal fur can be used from realistic portraiture to surreal works of art. There is so much we can take from nature to use in our artwork that every artist could be inspired to create for a lifetime.

I carry a sketchbook in my bag wherever I go so I can draw new ideas that pop in my head from whatever inspires me in my environment. Daily life is very interesting and fun if we just take the time to look.

Laura Barbosa CarnivalNo. 3) When you are creating, painting, where does it take you? I mean where does your mind (spirit) travel?

I paint with my subconscious mind when I am creating abstracts and surreal works of art and it takes me away from the world’s troubles and transports me into a calming place of free thoughts that are very enjoyable. It feels like my Spirit is the one that is doing the actual painting and it is very liberating.

No. 4) Do you think visual arts, music and health are related and if so, how do you see that?

Most definably visual arts and music have a lot in common and have a substantial impact on health. I tend to call my artworks “Visual Music” because art takes on sound when the viewer is contemplating the meaning behind the work and imagination becomes the most important element.  Music is an art form and the musician plays his art out loud instead of putting it on canvas. Both are mesmerizing and wonderful to experience. Both of these things play an important part of health . I believe that art and music add years to our life and enhance our reality with spirituality.

No. 5) When you are painting, how do you feel?

I feel free and happy when I am painting for the most part but I do have my off days when family trouble can throw me right into my studio and I find myself in deep thought paintingLaura Barbosa High Fashion 4513 from my last emotion and this can sometimes create my best work. Throughout history misery seems to invoke some kind of magical impulse in an artist that magnifies itself onto the canvas and the outcome could become almost other worldly and truly fascinating.

 No. 6) Do you identify with your subject, and if so, on what level?

Yes, I think you have to identify on some sort of level with your subject. A connection has to be made by the artist to be able to create from what they are feeling. A key necessity for me in animal portraiture is painting from a crisp photograph with a clear view of the eyes to form a connection with the subject, only then can your artwork come to life.

No. 7) Under what conditions or circumstances do you do your best work?

 When no one is around and the neighborhood is calm and silent. I do my best work when I can think and sort of meditate so I can use my subconscious mind as much as possible!

No. 8)  When you are painting, creating, does it help you connect with your “higher self”, whatever that is for you?

Yes, My higher self is always involved, in fact my spiritual side must take over or else creating cannot be accomplished.

Laura Barbosa Solar City 7089No. 9) Many people seem to think that school systems kill creativity, how do you feel about this?

 I don’t know because I am a self taught artist and have not developed my skills in school.

No. 10) What could be a simple solution?

 A solution would be to stop putting guidelines on art and let the artist feel as free as possible so that his/her talent is not hindered in any way.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.  I want to wish you every success in all your endeavours and until we work together again, be blessed!


Laura Barbosa a.k.a BARBOSAART is an internationally collected artist with public collections. She has been featured in many publications and her art was chosen for the new series on HGTV called “Battle On The Block”. Laura’s art is also licensed with Icon Shoes. Her work is produced on Handbags and Shoes across the country. Because Laura is a full time artist whom lives off her paintings and designs, she is always seeking reputable companies to license her art. Please contact the artist with any questions





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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours