Lureline Weatherly

Can you tell us a little about what you do?
What I do. I love all paint. My process has gone through many different phases and I alternate between oil paint, acrylic, and gouache mainly, with a few detours into colored pencil or oil pastels. I also love drawing. At the moment I am developing a body of work loosely based on a collection of old photos I’ve collected over many years. These photos are of people I do not know but the things and situations depicted have a resonance to my past and family, or sometimes the way I wish things had been in a perfect world, or the way things may appear to the imagination of a child. I do not take these small images and mechanically blow them up; I prefer to make preliminary drawings of compositions based on these images, then I freehand the drawings onto the larger canvas. The color schemes are pure imagination; an attempt to create an atmosphere.

How did you first become interested in art?
I have been an artist as long as I can remember. I never had any notion of being anything else. My earliest memories are of painting.

How does art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can engage with art in Burbank?
The question of what art means or brings to a community is a big one. The answer, to me, is multifaceted. I read a book called Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and I re-read it periodically; that explains this very well as I see it. To sum it up, it says that art reminds us of things that are important that we have trouble remembering. It’s far more complicated than that, but a community without art is disadvantaged in major ways.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
The thing I would like to share with everyone about art is that if you will be open minded and allow it, art can talk to you about very special wonderful things about being human that cannot be expressed in language.