Thursday, September 3, 2009


Laura Filice for DESK SPACE

DESK SPACE Who (bio, one liner)?

LAURA FILICE Tainted painter

DS When did you start becoming interested in art, produce your first work (or when are you displaying work/commissioned to produce work)?

LF I found my passion at a young age, creating something out of nothing and later moved on to crayons, pencils and chalk. I was in middle school when I found my love… paint!

I started off like a typical kid with impressionist art, but discovered my true tainted nature in my teens. My bedroom walls were my canvass, much to my mother's dismay and my ever-changing mural of graffiti art grew with me. Later on, in the mid 90’s, I started painting on canvass and worked with a reputable local hippie artist that taught me everything there is to know about oils, realism and acid trips.

I developed a talent and ran with it for years - from sketching cartoon characters to painting intricate canvasses. I began selling artwork via word of mouth in 2000. Throughout the years I’ve displayed my work in many local exhibits, galleries and silent auctions.

DS Where do you work (at your desk/outside/in a studio)?

LF I have a home studio, which is well equipped, but my art often trails into other rooms in the house. In my space there’s a computer desk, which operates both PC and Mac platforms (currently, I am teaching myself how to use Illustrator and Photoshop). This space is where I research and brainstorm ideas, to later execute into works of art. My space is also my showroom; on the walls is a collection of my recent works.

In addition, I have been working in the area of project coordination and management for the last decade. I worked at a graphic art and web design boutique shop as the Project Manager over the last year but recently parted ways to find a new and stable endeavor…

DS Why do you work where you do (at your desk because it is a quiet space/outside b/c it helps you think/in the park b/c you can smoke, etc)?

LF I like to work from home because no matter what time of day, it is always conveniently located in the next room making it easy to create (and I’m lazy and like the fact that I don’t have to travel far).

DS What are you working on now?

LF Right now, I am working on 3 Munny’s (various sizes) of which will be displayed at an upcoming Lost Marbles show in September (Ottawa).

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