Lucas Feola is not only the creator of Visionary Orchid’s most recent logo but also an abstract artist who tends to chase his own tail. He’s soft-spoken when you’re first acquainted and with time, explodes with excitement and ideas. There’s a lot of information gleaming in his brain. And he has three hands- one for each of his passions. “I usually change passions weekly. I will be passionate about photography and abstract photography. The next week, I’ll want to start a revolution with my music. A month later, I’m ready to draw murals on walls. It’s always changing. But it always goes full circle.”
He’s planted in Monmouth County, NJ, an area where there aren’t a ton of places to unleash your creativity or even discover that part of yourself. Despite being so close to a big city that is practically overflowing with the arts, we’re sort of skimped out on. But in the land of minimal options, if you’re crafty enough and willing to put in the work, you’ll create your own path. You become more inclined to dream up your reality and twist it to your liking, to replace whatever is unavailable. You’re pushed to do better. And when you project your gifts, your voice becomes more distinguished, like a shiny penny at the bottom of a fountain.
Lucas found himself digging deeper to find his niche. Most of his creations are spontaneous and impulsive. Because of his ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), it’s hard to focus on one single thing for long and finding the motivation to go back after the surge is broken is equally as difficult. He struggles with the consistency needed for long term projects and being able to stick with one singular affection for passion- which he is still searching for ways around.
His ideas flow out like breathing. He has a natural eye and ear for composition. These kinds of gifts appear as a child and are nearly instincts. “Either that or I have just been doing it long enough to where it becomes second nature.” Melodies are heard in their entirety. When they’re ready, they take over- overwhelming his body with commotion. All systems down, the art is its own light and performs cellular function by itself for the sake of production. It miraculously appears seemingly out of thin air onto a blank slate.
Lucas sets out to construct a more colorful world; to distract people from some of the more horrible things that happen on the news. Artists have the privilege of contorting not only their own world but everyone else’s too. The audience can step into new realities of their choosing. It allows for the exploration of new spaces and charms people as a form of escape. “People are so focused on materialistic things- money, war, politics- they leave no room for appreciating life for what it is. I believe everyone has the potential to create some kind of art…Your mindset sort of changes when you start appreciating the little things. Normal things like water droplets in your shower, the texture of trees and how they grow, human anatomy- they all seem more magical once you realize that life itself is the purest form of art.”