We are very honored to present Juliana Peloso of Lost and Found Fine Art as our featured artist.  This Savannah, Georgia resident has been in gallery shows across the country and her award winning work ranges from photo-realistic depictions of nature to celebrity portraiture.  She has spent a majority of her years developing her craft as an oil painter and her pieces are devastatingly mesmeric.  From the painstakingly accurate detail of a bird’s wing, to the glimmer in David Bowie’s eye, she has an acute sense of detail and is definitely an artist you should keep on your radar.  Check out our interview below!
How long have you been painting and what is the method to your process?
I started painting when I was a kid, but did my first oil painting I think at 16, I’m about to be 42, so that’s a few years there.
My process of painting has changed over the years. I would originally spend months using layer upon layer of oil glazes. Over time, I guess I became more efficient in my brushwork, so I try to complete a painting in one or two sittings if possible.
Fame 1
 Many of your previous pieces were of various species of birds and have now transitioned into more portraiture, what do you think inspired the transition in subject?
Just like my process, my subject matter is constantly evolving. My real passion is for my larger scale narrative works.  Although I may be criticized that I jump around subject wise, it’s all a long term learning experience for me to become a better oil painter . Craftsmanship and respect for the medium are very important to me. I got into painting birds, other animals and still life objects as a form of doing studies. This then led to my current series of celebrity portraits. It’s a way to explore all types of facial features/ hair/ skin color etc. without worrying about making a meaningful statement.  This process has been a lot of fun, and after about 70 celebrity paintings, I can definitely say I learned quite a bit.  At this point in my career, I’m not concerned with being known for one thing (subject wise).  One day it will all come together into my narrative work (when I decide to settle down).
What would you say your favorite piece is?
My favorite pieces are usually ones that signify a transitional moment. I worked on a piece titled “Primal Scream” for months, and put so much of my “self” into it. I felt as though it came off as expressive, and really evoked emotion.
Primal Scream
Another favorite of mine was “Ad Astra Per Aspera” a collaborative piece I did with my talented friend Kelley Hagemes of Claw and Bone Artworks. We had an exhibit together in 2012, and I felt like our styles melded perfectly together. I’d really love to do more collaborative work with different artists in the future.
Ad Astra Per Aspera
If you could have anyone sit for a portrait, dead or alive, who would you choose? 
That’s difficult to say, but I suppose it would be interesting to sit and paint another artist while they painted me. Someone like Frida Kahlo, I could watch her process, which is very different from mine. Or Bob Ross, he was probably a very pleasant man and it would be fun to paint his hair.
What is the best advice you have been given as an artist?
What advice would you give aspiring artists?
I  was told by someone once that to call yourself an artist, you have to do art everyday. I’m not sure that is the best advice, but it was always something that stuck with me and gave me motivation.  Maybe “doing art” is thinking about your next project, or researching something that inspires you. As in any other skill or craft, having it part of your daily routine is some way or another keeps you in practice. I guess my advice would be to always move forward and grow, but of course, enjoy the journey.
What projects are in store for Lost and Found Fine Art?
I always try to keep busy and be involved with various group/ benefit shows. It’s an easy way of having a presence in your local art scene and being part of the community. In April, I will be having work in an exhibit ” Southern Discomfort”, work inspired by writer Flannery O’Conner, and “Art Deko” one of 100 regional artists creating original works on / with skatedecks, to be auctioned off to benefit our future free public skatepark.
What I’m most excited about are my two upcoming solo exhibitions:
“I’m Your Biggest Fan” in April, will feature over 60 celebrity portraits. I’m happy to be involved with Location Gallery here in Savannah. They are newly opened, and they donate their gallery commission to local non profits. My exhibit will be donating gallery profits to One Love Animal Rescue. They are even going to hold a coinciding animal adoption event.
My other exhibition will be in Durham, NC at SPECTRE Arts. The gallery is in an old converted church and will feature my narrative work and still lives. Although I’ve shown pieces around the country, this will be my first solo show outside of Georgia.

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