Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Leonie Brunt
Leonie Brunt has been attending Studio Practice class at Māpura Studios for about 14 months. She likes painting on canvas and likes producing works for her nephews and family. Leonie draws images from her mind, and writes words onto the artwork.
Studio Practice is aimed at our more experienced, long-term artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research towards their work. Many of the artists become very enthused about this – and are dedicated in their research, exploring new ideas and ways of working not only in the studio but at home.
Much of their work reflects their personal experience and unique perceptions of life. They are encouraged in individualistic styles of working – and are introduced to elements of contemporary art practice. Many artists write accompanying narrations to their work – sometimes this verse is included within their imagery.
Making art at Māpura helps to keep Leonie’s stress levels down and keeps her mentally stimulated. Leonie’s family inspire her to make art, as they are all creative and Leonie finds Māpura a great place to develop her own creativity. She now takes more, considered time when creating her artworks. Leonie would like to do portraiture and to do scenery artworks in the future.
Leonie enjoys learning new skills, connecting with people and seeking advice from Māpura tutors. She also enjoys writing poetry.
"Mapura is a creative space for people of mixed ability to hone their skills", says Leonie.