Lusie Schellenberg has been drawing and painting since she can remember, and during that time she has created several hundred artworks. Lusie received her art education starting at the Academic Institute of Painting named after I. E. Repin at the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. She has developed her own original creative style that is recognisable to fellow artists and art collectors.
"I prefer to use my own style in my work, which is unique. I have my own technique for creating artworks, using my own paint mixing recipes that create the most beautiful layers of my artworks. I have my own huge workshop, which occupies the 1st floor of the house, where I create my own creations every day.
I am proud to say that I possess many styles of painting and can create a picture at any request. I have participated in many exhibitions since 1995 in Russia, as well as in exhibitions in Europe and in various art markets. The last exhibition was in Munich. My artworks are in private collections in Switzerland, Norway,Russia, Belarus, USA, England, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Canada, Greece, etc."
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
I do not remember this moment, I have drawn for a very long time, and as my parents said - I have been holding pencils and paints in my hands since I was 3 years old. What I do remember, and this was in kindergarten, is a conscious desire, I wanted to capture life on a sheet. Next was a passion for drawing. I drew everywhere, in classes at school, at home, in lectures.. This is definitely a huge passion in my life.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I create different works. And depending on my vision of the new picture, I can create it in the style that I consider acceptable for the implementation of my plan. But, I will definitely highlight my favorite direction - realism, marina, symbolism, I like to mix painting styles and see what the result will be. I love structures, which I also combine with different techniques, it's quite interesting.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
As Ralph Acampora said "If you are in harmony with the basics, you will always find a reliable route map." I always focus on the basics, a reflection of reality as it is, with elements of notes of its own taste. So that the viewer understands, of course, what I want to convey in my work. Future development is a good question. Since I am an adherent of the correct painting techniques, my works are not created as quickly as I would like.... I would like to be able to switch to faster techniques, which may be possible with acrylics. I am also interested in the play of light and its refraction in different perspectives and meta-realism. The method of the interconnection of all realities in the assertion of their unity.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
I am a creative person and this is the main inspiration. It gives me great pleasure.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged/inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists.
Of course, I have always been inspired by the work of great artists. In my youth, I was a huge fan of the old Renaissance masters. Later, it was artists of the golden age of Dutch painting, as well as artists like P. J. Chardin, Goya, Blake, Karl Brullov. Aivazovsky and Savrasov
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I love the canvas. I make sure I have the required oil paints, some I make myself, this is a fascinating process. Of course, there are other paints but I do not need much. Generally a maximum of 6-8 colours. All shades can be made from the base colours. I have a lot of brushes and palette knives. But I also paint with my fingers. Everything can be used in the creation of work.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
I want to preserve the pristine beauty of all existence as it really is. Or, if it is created by man, then show it so that we feel it without distorting our consciousness. The world has already been created and something already has its place or is being born, this is already beautiful, in any manifestation. And I want to show it. But the important point is that any person should see it as it is, the essence. It is important to convey both the external manifestation and the internal one.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
Ideas in my head.. They just come and, most importantly, pass it on. Or I see something and I already understand how I should transfer it to the canvas.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is it more a case of when the moment is right you work?
I don't do quick paintings, I always start working in the studio in my spare time. I can have 2 paintings in the workflow at once. While one layer of one painting dries, I work on another. Practically, my work in the studio goes on every day. There may be free day but it all depends on the drying process of the layers.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period/era that you would like to have been involved in?
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
I will answer with one quote from A. Pope - "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
We learn by doing, we should learn to focus not on quantity, but quality.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject/theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expressing your creative nature?
I accept both directions.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have two paintings that are in the process. One is an urban theme from the city collection. The other is the landscape. An amazing plot and quite mystical
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
This is a group exhibition within the framework of ARTBOX.PROJECT World 1.0 2021 January 4 – March 31, 2021 / Digital presentation of the participants Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The address of ARTBOX.GALLERY Giessereistrasse 1, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland