INSTANT EBAY SUCCESS LAUNCHES LOCAL PAINTER’S CAREER by Kelley Scarsbrook – Source Contributor
It was once said by the classical Greek tragedian Euripides that, “Where there is no wine, there is no love.”
It’s probably why Leanne Laine’s painting series, The Women in Wine, reflects a love within her artwork that has captured the attention of art enthusiasts across the US.
“I’ve learned to let it all go with my paintings. I enjoy the flow and the beauty of wine. There is a lot of motion in pouring wine, it’s not just sitting there with grapes and fruit, it’s about excitement and colour,” said Laine.
What is most surprising about Laine is that she is a self-taught artist. Although she took a few courses in her early 20s, she always knew the style and technique she was most comfortable with.
“When I paint, I am completely in my own world. I don’t think too much about it,” she said. “I like the art to come to me naturally and not force it.”
As a one-time HR employee for a cable company, Laine always found herself painting on the side as a hobby along with sketching. A lay-off from the company in 2004 forced her to re-evaluate what she wanted to do with her life. “I knew I eventually wanted to own my own business, and use my creative ability; however, I didn’t know what to do with it.” She spent the next two months painting.
Her husband, Stewart Laine, suggested she put some of her work on eBay. Laine posted four paintings on a Monday night, and on Tuesday morning there was a bidding war for her pieces. “I had a woman call me and ask me to take them down immediately and she would pay me double of what I was asking,” said Laine. “I thought I would be crazy not to turn take her offer, so I did.”
I wanted my work to be available and affordable for everyone. ~ Leanne Laine
Laine continued to put her paintings on eBay and sold another six within a couple of days. It was then she realized she had stumbled upon something that connected with people.
She soon obtained a website and discovered a following had developed for her artwork. “I loved it, but I was overwhelmed. I didn’t want to find myself painting multiples of pieces every day and completely wreck my passion for it. I was working 14 to 16 hours per day with accounting, shipping, painting original work and handling customer service,” recalled Laine.
It was then she learned about reproducing her works into limited editions. She attended tradeshows, seminars and talked to experts about the process. By the end of 2004, Laine had launched Leanne Laine Fine Art, and invested in a large scale professional series printer.
“I didn’t want to disappoint my customers or turn them away,” she said.
The process Laine uses for her reproduction work is called “Giclee” (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’), which is the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. She also adds texture and embellishments to the giclees to have the look and feel of an original painting.
“I wanted my work to be availalbe and affordable for everyone. People can hang my artwork in their homes and not have to spend thousands – although I still paint original art work. But this way everyone can appreciate it.”
Laine found she was inspired to do women and wine one late night after looking down at her wine glass beside her.
“I don’t know a heck of a lot about wine, but I’ve learned a lot more as I’ve painted the series. There is something so liberating about it for me. The women in my paintings just developed naturally out of the wine. And I think a lot of women really connect with it. It’s a sense of knowing what you like and being confident in yourself and what you want,” said Laine.
Although Laine’s work is mostly known in the U.S., she is trying to raise her profile locally. Since launching her business in 2004, her husband Stewart has come onboard to work on the administrative side, allowing her to focus copmletely on her artwork.
However, as a busy mom to her three-and-a-half year old daughter and her one-year-old son, she has struggled with the idea of balance. “I’m constantly being asked to do shows in the U.S. but I love the time I have with my kids. I am fortunate enough to have found something that allows me to follow my passion and still be home with my kids.”
Currently Laine’s artwork is showcased at Slainte by the Pier Restaurant in White Rock, but she hopes to add more local venues in the near future.
“I love where I am right now. I’m in a very positive place, but until my kids are in school, I just need to keep doing what I’m doing — and then really focus on the shows.”
Leanne Laine’s art can be found at www.leannelainefineart.com
the South Surrey, White Rock SOURCE Newspaper | November 30, 2010 page /WR33
Thank you, Kelley, for finding my work and writing this article. To learn more about Kelley Scarsbrook, visit her website here at ENTERPRISING MOMS NETWORK.