Ask An Artist; Featuring: Dleeo

11 Feb


‘Once it captures me, then the images of how to execute it come to me.’

dleeo has enjoyed drawing and painting since the age of two. After the death of her parents at the age of six, art became an even bigger part of her life. Knowing that this was her calling, she went on to become an Art Director in the New York City area for several newspaper publication. Only pausing to rear and devote twenty four hours a day to her young children. Her return to her craft which is primarily watercolours,pen and ink, gradually resumed around the age of thirty eight years and she has spent the last ten years regaining her earlier form. She has been a contributing artist at Rubens and The Bard since 2007.


 Pick 20/or answer all of the following:

 Answer in one -two sentences

Which artist do you most admire?

 Ai Weiwei *

What is your first creative memory?

 When I was 2 years of age.

 Which one of your paintings are you most happy with to-date, and why?

 Tough question.

If you could be any other artist who would you be and why?

 Can’t think of anyone, because every artist has pros and cons about their personality.

What single thing would improve the quality of your artistic life?

 Good question. Better time management.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given about being an artist?

 Don’t give up.

 What does it feel like when you’re painting?

 Great Peace.

What do you think art is?

Freedom of expression

What would you do if you weren’t a painter?

What couldn’t I do?

 Which other art form do you admire and why?

 All forms bring something to the table, hard to choose.

What has been your biggest artistic disappointment?

Anything that has disappointed me, motivated me to move in a new direction

Where do you work?

In my studio

 Do you work from life, from photos or from your imagination?

 All of the above

 Where do you get your inspiration from?

My environment.

What moves you in life?


What irks me? Krinlins (google it)

Where do you feel art is going?

 I feel the artist is going to have more control over their market.

What do you think the role of an artist is?

 To help people understand the world around them,to see it in a different light.

What do you think your work contributes?

 If my work, stirs an emotion or a connection to the viewer, it’s succeed in reminding them of their humanity.

What techniques do you use?

In Watercolour, I explore all techniques. You never know when there will be a happy mistake.

In Pen, Oils, Pencil this is true as well.

Are you self taught or trained? Self taught.(That may turn some people off, but hey, I am what I am, boot strapped gifted)

What is most important to you the subject of your painting or how it is executed?

My fascination with it, could be it’s shape, the environment it sits in. Once It captures me, then the images of how to executed it come to me.

What aspects of your work do you think you could improve?

To stop learning, is to stop growing, so continue to grow and improve everything you do.

What’s the biggest compliment that’s ever been made about your work?

When a child comes up and starts asking questions. There are no pretences with them. They are who they are and their questions are honest.

What’s the biggest criticism of your work that’s been made?

I am my biggest critic.

What’s your favourite period in art history and why?

Early to Mid 1900’s in Paris. The region north of Paris, became a watering hole for artist. The talent and genius that engulf, Montmartre, was incredible.

What are you reading at the moment?

The first volume of Mark Twain’s Autobiography.

Who is your favourite poet?

Henry Thoreau, Maya Angelou and Lord Byron

What’s the best and worst exhibition you’ve ever seen?

 The two best I can recall “Rubens and His Age” in Ontario, Canada.

 “Peter Paul Rubens and the Tradition of Tapestries” at Ringling Museum of Art, in Tampa, Florida

Can’t honestly remember a bad exhibit.


*Check out the Arthub Page for a trailer of a film about Ai Weiwei and some examples of his work.

Amerigo Vespucci ship watercolor and pen Dleeo

Amerigo Vespucci ship watercolor and pen Dleeo


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3 Responses to “Ask An Artist; Featuring: Dleeo”

  1. dleeo February 13, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Thank you for this opportunity. You have been very kind.

    • ArtiPeep February 13, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      No problem at all. You gave great answers and showed to me that this feature works. Really good to feature you! All the very best.


  2. frenzyofflies February 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi Dleeo, I enjoyed reading this. I love your phrase, “happy accident”, it really struck a chord 🙂

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