TOBV: What would you say influences your work most?
LA: I think generally I am most inspired by people in some capacity; our odd phrases and behaviourisms. But it does vary, my family and family stories, our heritage, the natural world and my lifelong love of second hand treasures all inspire different collections.
TOBV: What drove you to make art a professional vocation?
LA: I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I was incredibly fortunate that my career first kick-started when I was quite young. When I was 15 I created a large painting of Nelson Mandela which the South African Embassy acquired. From then, I was able to work with charities, galleries and organisations I admire through my love for painting and creating art.
TOBV: What does an average day look like for you?
LA: An average admin-free day is spent in my wonderful studio. I am currently the resident artist at Brixton Village which is not only an incredibly inspiring setting to work in but I am also very fortunate that it is so close to my house. I paint best when I am happy and feeling positive; lots of tea, coffee and country music is consumed to help with this!
TOBV: Which artist, living or otherwise, would you most like to have dinner with?
LA: I would love to have dinner with James Baldwin- his social and political commentary is genius. I would also like to have dinner with Frieda Kahlo. I visited her house a few years ago in Mexico City which was a feast for the eyes!
TOBV: And lastly, have you been reading anything interesting of late? We’d love to hear some of your top picks for The Old Bank Vault’s book club!
LA: I am currently reading This Country by James Baldwin and have recently finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I'm also about to start Not Dumb Not Blonde: Dolly in Conversation by Randy L.Schmidt!