artist elizabeth marruffo

The art gallery Friends Of Leon in Sydney's Surry Hills hasn't been around for long, but it's sure making an impact in terms of its exhibitions. The last one, which I featured here, came via the talents of Jodee Knowles. Well, now it's time to meet another star on the rise - Elizabeth Marruffo. Her exhibition runs until May 30.

Which five words best describe you? Sure, blue, stars, pointy, pale.

What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? The first 'proper' job I had was in interior design. I enjoyed it and it gave me a lot more confidence but I always knew that I needed to finish my art degree and so after traveling for a while that is what I did and things have just been getting more and more exciting and falling into place ever since.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Something about building stuff and then people turning up. Also, to find someone who can make you laugh and laugh and laugh about it all. Also, there really is no shame in going out of style. I'm talking to YOU - Painting!

What’s your proudest career achievement? It will be this solo show coming up at Friends of Leon. I'm especially proud because it has been a real team effort between my partner and myself in terms of figuring out how to balance home time with studio time. It is also great as we get to go to Sydney for our first family airplane adventure.

What was the starting point for this exhibition? After being given this dream-like opportunity by Leon (who has been SO amazing to work with) it began with an exciting purchase of a 10 metre roll of Belgian linen. I stretched up all the works and started with a little nest made out of cactus spines with a baby hummingbird inside.

What’s been your best decision? Definitely to go back to art school. Not only did I find who I wanted to be but I also struck gold and found this incredible person - his name is Campbell Whyte, you might want to check him out.

Who inspires you? Hard-working dreamers who are also part rascals, good mothers, good fathers.

What are you passionate about? Looking after my family.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My dad. Just watched the Bruce Springsteen Live concert again, it never gets old, so I'll have to say him as well.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? Career-wise, to enter into the Archibald and personally to live back in Mexico so that my son can learn Spanish properly. And eat Mexican food properly.

What are you reading? Counting with Miffy.

images courtesy of elizabeth marruffo and friends of leon

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