I’ve known Sunshine Coast artist, Elle-Louise Burguez, since I was little. I remember when we used to draw together in the front room while our parents partied out the back.

Having always admired her artistic talent, I have watched as her hobby evolved into her dream job, each collection showing the passion that mirrors her creative personality. Not only does she paint, but she sings, plays piano, and writes poems and stories as well. Elle-Louise tells Style about the things that inspire her.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a Leo, a woman in love, a girl obsessed with beauty in all its forms, a fearful person in search of pure peace and a worshipper of animals and nature.

How would you describe your work?
Intuitive, messy, playful, simple, peaceful.

What inspires you?
Anything that captures my eye and makes my mind feel either excited or calm. At the moment, I’m inspired by Spanish music, other men and women who make their work with their hands, my friends who are mothers, books I’ve been reading by André Aciman and Isabel Quintero, Australian fashion and “Sailor Moon”.

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When are you at your happiest?
When I am laughing so hard that it is silent, I’m in the ocean, I’m hugging my love, I’m making food for people I love, I’m reading, I’m calm and painting.

When you’re alone, where does your mind wander?
My mind is so busy! I can get anxious and think too much about the future a lot of the time, but I also think about food a lot, and creative ideas.

Whose style do you admire? Either art or fashion.
(Instagrammer) Lucia Zolea, (jeweller) Magdalena Frackowiak, (19th century artist) Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

I see you were featured on Vogue’s website. How did that come about?
I actually do not know! I stumbled across it after googling my website to see if it worked. I was excited!

What other creative outlets/interests do you have?
I love to play piano and sing and also to write poems and stories.

Which artists, music and cultures have influenced your work?
I think a lot of my influence is subconscious, but I would say Devendra Banhart and Blonde Redhead’s music, ’60s films, European culture, Persian art … many more as well.

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You used to be in a band. Tell us about that.
It feels like so long ago. I started playing in Founds at 18 and had such a wonderful time creating collectively for the first time, and also stepping out of my comfort zone completely by playing festivals and shows across Australia. We had a beautiful connection and our album “Hadean” illuminates the love we shared. I also met my beautiful soul sister Kirstie in the band. She was the lead singer and she has changed my life forever.

What’s your karaoke song?
Anything from the musical “Moulin Rouge”.

I’ve known your parents since I was little. They always loved to sing and play music. How have they influenced you?
Haha, so many hilarious memories … we would always spy on them when they were partying! I think my parents have influenced me firstly through their own love of music and the arts and their need to express themselves, and secondly just through loving me and allowing me to pursue a creative career.

Do you listen to music while you paint, and if so, what type of music?
I always listen to either Devendra Banhart or Gustavo Santaolalla. I am so drawn to Spanish music, and I think this is because it is so deep in my blood!

If you were a colour, what colour would you be and what would it be called?
Hmmm … I love this question. The first colour that came into my head was red. I’m very fiery (in good and bad ways), but to feel a bit more special, I would say Hibiscus Red.

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What can we see from you in the near future?
I have a new series all in the colour red that I will release soon, a show coming up in Sydney full of all new unseen works, and I am hoping to release my personal book “Honeyed Stories” which is full of personal poems and stories.

Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
With my lover, living in my own house made of stone or clay somewhere in Europe, holding my child to my chest and laughing silently.

To keep up with Elle’s amazing art projects follow her on Instagram here.

Feature image: Krista Eppelstun

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