I always love that feeling of excitement I get when I discover some artwork which I immediately fall in love with. I found a print of Fifi Flower's a few weeks ago and after going to her website, I found that this was no ordinary artist, this girl has  amazing talent! Her pictures are so fun and uplifiting, I smile every time I look at them.

I especially loved the fact that she clearly has a passion for Paris, one of my favourite cities in the world. Her paintings of French cafes, Parisian appartments and stunning views of the Eiffel tower will have you planning your next trip to France before you know it!

Fifi resides in the Los Angeles area of California… but part of her heart resides in Paris, France.  

“Art is an experience that transcends all cultural boundaries... it makes us feel!” Fifi Flowers

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Fifi so that I could find out more about this talented artist.

1. Fifi, when did you first become aware of your artistic talent?

Apparently, it runs in my blood.  My great grandfather and grandfather were interior designers and custom designed and built furniture.  My mother is an amazing artist and she can draw anything.  Her brother designs and builds race cars.  So I suppose it is an inherited talent. 

2. Did you receive any formal art training?

I did in fact go to college and major in Graphic Design and minor in Art History.  I did not plan on majoring in hands on art, I wanted to major in Art History and be a museum curator at one time.  When I found out I needed to transfer to another college I switched to commercial art studies

3. Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination?

I would have to say a little of all those elements.  I love to create artwork from what I see daily. 
Since I don’t have time to sit somewhere and paint or sketch, I usually snap photos of things I would like to paint.  When I do create artwork I like to add elements that are in my imagination; adding unusual colours or perhaps items that would not normally be in the subject I am painting.

4. Where do you do your painting?

I mostly paint in my small loft space in my home.  If I am working on large canvases, I paint in my bedroom.  My home is filled with several windows, making anywhere in my home perfect for putting my paintbrush to work.
5. Who is your favourite artist?

This is the easiest question of all.  Hands down Henri Matisse is my favourite artist. I love all of his paintings and I have been extremely fortunate to attend a few of his exhibits from California to New York to Paris.  I have re-created a few of his paintings and they hang throughout my home.

6. What advice would you give to a budding artist?

Paint what YOU love!  That is the best advice I can give.

7. In your own home, what is your personal design style?

My home is very eclectic.  I have a mixture of antiques, contemporary décor and French inspired paintings that I created.  Most people tell me my home belongs in Europe or that they feel like they walked into a European home.  If I could, I would bundle up my décor and move it to Paris, France.  It would all be parfait in a Parisian apartment.
8. What do you love to do in your spare time?

Hmmmm…I have to ask “what is spare time?”  I truly do not have much spare time these days. 
Between illustrating for a few magazines,  occasionally painting commissions and writing a series of racy romance novels I try to rest and read books… oh and I do like to go out for a bit of champagne every now and then!

9. I noticed from your blog that you have a passion for France. What are your Top 3 things to do when you visit?

Three things to do anywhere really; eat, drink and be merry!  That may be a little to general so I will tell you what the perfect day would be for me in Paris.  Waking up to a lovely croissant and café crème while looking out to the Seine. Strolling along the rues and boulevards. Visiting the Musée d’Orsay, gazing at the wonderful artwork and the stunning clock that makes my heart skip a beat. Finding a small intimate place to sip wine or champagne and delight in tasty morsels.  I hope to do all of these things by the end of 2014.
10. It's so exciting to hear that your novel "A Window to Love" is going to be published next month. What inspired you to write a book?

I have been writing stories since I was a little girl and have volumes and volumes of stories, essays, journals and poetry at my mom’s home.  On my computer I have old screenplays that I wrote when I attended film
school.  And at one time I wrote children’s books.  So I guess I can say I always wanted to publish a book, but up until now never had the courage to do it.

I’m extremely excited about having my first novel “A Window to Love” published on August 11, 2013 in paperback and e-book format. This is book one and seven more stories will follow this one to complete my Window Book Series.  I adore all of my characters especially my first two, Melissa and Evan, and I will continue their love story throughout all the books.  I just could not walk away from these two characters and I look forward to everyone falling in love with them as well.

11. How would you describe " A Window to Love" to future readers?  Maybegive us a little sneak peek?!

I will provide you with the official synopsis of the book “A Window to Love…”

Melissa Bennette, a young beautiful woman who has tragically lost her parents in a devastating plane crash, is set to spend another Christmas holiday alone until one night, as she gazes into the dressed up holiday windows of New York City and her path crosses with the gorgeous man of her dreams.

Evan Duke is the world's top male model, dreamed about and wanted by women everywhere, but he only has eyes for her.

This erotic tale of twists, turns and surprises stretches from twinkling lights of New York to the sun drenched beaches of Santa Monica to the art world of Paris. With each destination, the layers of their lives and closely held secrets fall away as a beautiful love grows out of the weeds of self doubt and heartbreak.

For more book teasers and excerpts from the book visit my official author page: www.ChampagneGirlStudio.com
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For more info about Fifi Flowers and to see her more of her fabulous prints, go to www.fififlowers.com

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