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Before we talk about your studio, tell us abour yourself as an artist.
I am an artist who loves to explore nature and the inner self. I love to draw more than anything else, but I also love to work with color when the subject demands it. I am traditional and at the same time, unconventional. I enjoy creating images that can appeal to a vast audience, but I also do not shy away from the creation of controversial imagery. I like to think that art is an escape from the harshness of the realities of everyday existence, but also something that challenges you to leave your own comfort zone.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is located in unincorporated East Cobb, in my place of residence. Half of the studio I consider my “dry” studio, and that is located in the den or study in the basement of my house, while the other is my “wet” studio, located in an extended space in my garage. The former is the space in which I created all of the images in this exhibition and the latter is where I paint my oil paintings.
What are the most important elements of your studio?
The most important elements of my studio are of course, my tools and the space in which I must feel most comfortable to allow me to create intellectually and emotionally, as well make my ideas come to fruition on paper or canvas without distraction.
How do you handle storage?
Storage is not much of a problem, as long as I don’t allow the extraneous junk generated by everyday life to encroach into my working space.
Any tips for studio organization?
Peg boards, taborets, used canned salmon cans and wide-mouthed glass jars.
What advice would you give to a new artist?
If you are determined enough and privileged enough to be able to live your dream of becoming an artist, do it with all of your heart, whether or not you can earn an income from it. It’s always worth it in the end.
Any favorite books you like to keep in your studio library?
Too many to mention, but I have two hand-crafted, seven-foot wooden bookcases that house over 300 books on artists, illustrators, novels about art, art history, poetry, calligraphy and almost an entire shelf filled with auction catalogues full of great images.
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