“Deep Blue Time”
Mixed media collage with spray paint, enamel paint and gloss finish on plywood
78″ x 36″
Why Painting, or do you call yourself a mixed media artist?
One aspect of the journey of life is to discover beauty in ordinary things. But for me, the very act of painting, and everything about the “stuff” of paint, is counter-intuitive. By deploring the paint and engaging with the process of painting, I am able to destroy beauty and express the sublime. As a creator, I feel profoundly rooted to the sense of being alive. I feel, in other words, that the whole energy that expresses itself in the galaxies is simultaneously intimate and cosmic within me. And it is this quality of greatness, beyond all possibility of measurement, that I learn through painting. The drips of paint on canvas or the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic when we look at them in relation to survival and profit. I paint out of the biological need for self-expression and to ingrain the declarations of my own distilled coexistence . However, when I paint I am aware that coexistence does not have to go on any longer than a moment for it be important. Quantitative continuity is of no value. When painting, I have an experience that awakens in me a great, unhindered sense of the quality of the moment. It is pure bliss. I just happen to call myself a hybrid painter because I work with more than just paints.
How do you sell your work or get it shown?
Thus far, the most successful way I sell my work is through personal networking and marketing. Most of the work I sell is to private residences and owners. I participate in some group shows and live painting events, and my plan is to engage more fully in exhibitions whenever given the chance, but it is more important for me to talk directly and personally talk about my visions and my story. Often times my approach to explaining my art-forms is changes depending on the audience. Additionally, since I do not proactively aim to build a presence on Instagram directly, I have to hustle whenever given the chance. Being an independent artist is difficult as I am not represented by any gallery or agent, but in this way I am given more time to develop and am able to convey my brand in a unique way.
How do you manage your business life verse your creative life?
One always influences the other, but I tend to focus more on my art life because I am more interested in the outcomes of artistic endeavors. I don’t think that this is purely rooted in the credo “art for art’s sake,” because I “art” for more than the art itself, yet everything else: the business, the selling of the artwork, the networking and the sharing of the work, they are all byproducts of the innate desire to familiarize myself with my art, and ultimately, to familiarize the world within my art. When dealing directly with past and potential clients however, I strive for excellence and work in a professional yet lax manner.
Where do you find the most happiness in what you do?
I think I find the most happiness when I surprise myself in discovering my way of executing a technique, and then revel in the byproduct of the process. What makes the effort so rewarding is realizing that despite the time vested, waves of emotion, and conflicting thoughts that result in stagnation, it is not really work at all. It should be all play. Existence itself is gorgeous. It is the plenum, the fullness of total joy. And when painting, I am engaged completely with what I am doing in the here and now without thinking of the mechanics. Plato called it divine intervention; though it’s not completely that. In a way, the process of painting resonates so deeply that I excavate the understandings of how absolutely fundamental my own existence is to the ultimate reality…to the deep-down, basic stuff that far, far away from the ego. Recognizing this makes me happy. Painting is fun. Sharing my work with others is pretty enriching as well
When did you start painting/ mixed media and why?
I started painting when I studied abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2011. The decision to study abroad was extremely spontaneous for me. I think the coalesce of mystery, excitement, and anxiousness of embarking on such a journey, of really taking on life for first time, resulted in the search for new means of expression. Prior to the visual stuff, I was a musician. I guess all art forms influence one another in some way, and it was just a matter of time before the paintings became manifest for me. I’ve been painting for 23 years…
What are your top five goals and when do you want to accomplish them by?
Top 5 Goals:
1) Have my first one-man show before I’m 30.
2) Become a renowned and inspiring college professor of art theory by the time I’m 35.
3) Be a great father (when the time is right)
4) Travel the world without burden. Hopefully something that I continue to strive for and do for my the rest of life.
5) Have a sense of accomplish that is not bounded by monetary or material objectivity.
Tell us advice you would give to aspiring painters/ mixed media artists?
Study more subjects outside the realm of art. Study a lot of philosophy, psychology, and science, and connect with certain areas of these fields of study. Then, do your due diligence and study a wide breadth of art history. Quintessentially, all contemporary art and poetry ought to be about calling back to those who came before us. And also, unless you can afford to so in your working studio, don’t leave paint buckets or tubes on the floor. Accidentally spills and splashes could be really insightful and cool at times, but it’s really just an fortunate accident that wastes money. Often times it is money or materials we can’t afford to lose.
Favorite place to eat and why:
This restaurant called Mill Pond out in Northport, Long Island. While there I enjoy really great sushi, seafood and steaks, with remarkable service. There is an overall ambiance, especially in the summer overlooking the water, that you’re there for a special occasion if though it might not be. It’s just sometimes really nice to be served and waited on, and to dine and drink in the process.
Where do you get most of your supplies?
Part of my objective as an artist is to be super resourceful, so often times I recycle old cardboard, bottles and other disposables, and try to make use of them for a while before recycling them myself. I also enjoy the spontaneity of walking or driving the streets in my neighborhood or in the city, and stumbling upon a piece of wood, glass, or other objects that someone is getting rid of. However, I purchase most of my art supplies and paints at my local hardware store, Home Depot, or Blick Art Supplies location in Long Island. I like going to antique shops as well
What’s the best piece you’ve ever made? (You can supply a picture if you want)
I have a lot of affinity for several pieces I’ve made. Some more than others. However latest favorite piece was the first piece in a collaborative setting; a duo that I am a part of with another artist. We’re called the AARCHETYPES.
Most important influences in your life and why?
These are my most important influences because their own lives, stories, and theories have served as the catalyst for pursuing mine. They all appealed to be for several different reasons, but I think that what they had to say and what they created made the most sense to me:
Alan Watts -Philosopher and lecturer –
Joseph Campell – Mythologist and writer –
Martin Heidegger – Philosopher
Jeff Buckley – Musician
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