With a strong interest in interior design, San Diego-based artist Lai-Leigh will be showcasing her latest works at the next RAW on Friday, July 30th! She talks to us about what inspires her work. 

Tell us about yourself.
I’m from Sheboygan, Wisconsin originally.  I moved out to San Diego in 2004. I served in the US navy for five years and did three tours on the USS Ronald Reagan. I currently go to school at the Design Institute of San Diego, for interior design. 

How did you first get started making art?
I have always been artistic, my entire life. As far back as I can remember I had a colored pencil in my hand, I hated crayons. Haha.  My grandparents were always encouraging my artistic side and kept my art at flow.  During my years in school from kindergarten on, I was consistently involved in art, at home and in class.  It is something that gives me an inner joy and peace. Its my balances. 

How would you describe your aesthetic?
I like my art to portray a feeling of tranquility. I use a span of bright colors to earth tones, and a variety of horizontal and vertical lines representing a combination of energy and serenity.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love art for the fact that it brings a balance to my life.  It keeps my energy at  a constant flow. If I were to ever stop doing art, I would be at the verge of passing over.  To me art is an image that mirrors my most inner thoughts and energies. I would love to be able to share that with others.

What does a typical art-making day look like for you?
I really don’t have a typical day. Every time I start my process, it differs depending on my mood of the work I am trying to create. Sometimes it takes me weeks to draw a concept and figure out how I want to render it. Once I have an idea, I think about it for several days, and possibly even do some research. I change my thoughts so many times over the course, by the time it comes to constructing my piece I have every detail truly thought through. 

Why showcase with RAW?
RAW fell into my lap. My sister Jacqie found an ad and demanded that I submit my work. I was hesitant, but I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? So I submitted a few pictures, and got a call the same day. RAW is such an opportunity for new artists to get a foot in the door. The foundation is built of positive views and really made me want to be a part of this movement. 

Outside of your craft, how do you like to spend your free time?
Besides doing art I enjoy reading and educating myself. I do a lot of research outside of school for my own value. I’m interested in our environment and ways to improve our existence. I focus on balancing my chi and educate myself on bettering my life from the inside. Knowledge is power, I have always believed that. So to keep yourself strong, one must be knowledgeable. And in turn will transpire through my work.