PL: Every time I conversed with someone, an intimate moment I experienced, and feel what people feel…happiness, joy, loneliness, desires, passions and love. My colors and shapes are a result of the encounters I have with people. You can say, my paintings are little postcards of life… each expressing the feelings and thoughts of people I meet. I am also seduced by music I enjoy, and beautiful gardens I take my walks. I am inspired to express nature and rhythm on canvas.
SG: What music are you listening to now?
PL: David Bowie – Some days, I spend all day listening to his beautiful voice…I greatly admire his music.
SG: What is the essential element of any painting?
PL: The essence of an art is the emotion it conjures in the viewer. I love to walk with you to see what emotions my paintings have on you. I am very happy when you like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PetraLeongArt – I like my paintings to inspire smiles, happiness and energy for you!
SG: What is your aesthetic design philosophy?
PL: I believe the world is very dull without colors. Our lives are about colors. I take risks on how I use colors on my canvases.
SG: What is the most important thing you’ve learned about being a painter?
PL: Having a good art foundation is a bonus. I was trained in classical Chinese brush painting. Also, I am highly imaginative…what I imagine in my mind in terms of colors and patterns, I let my hands flow naturally over the canvas.
SG: What are your three must-haves?
PL: A great piece of art that means something to you, a great light to show off the art you love, and a lovely piece of jewellery to keep forever.
SG: Any advice for someone starting out?
PL: Take risks.
SG: Tell us something more about your recent abstract paintings.
PL: My abstract art may look simple but the meaning behind each painting is definitely not simple. As I shared earlier… My paintings are about people…. Everyone feels desires, loneliness, passions. Everyone wants to be loved, honored, and we all experience fun, silly moments, happy days…my colors and patterns express our lives…our feelings and thoughts.
SG: Do you make art for any other reason than your passion?
PL: Mostly, I make an art for no one precise reason….just my passion. My passionate response to how people feel when I spend time with them, and my mind and my heart move by our encounter. #petraleong #modernart #contemporaryart #DavidBowie #classicbowie #genius #wonderful #music