I am adventurous and I am not afraid to make ugly. I taught myself a lot, because I don’t’ have fear. Fear is the biggest enemy of being creative.
I didn’t see a particular style that I wanted to copy. I wanted to have my own unique approach to it. I bought some books and materials, and learned how to do it on my own.
I create all of these pieces from my head. I don’t have a set imagery in mind. They are all stylized landscapes.
If it is square I made it. If it is round he made it.
I like to use exotic hard woods that I buy from all over the world to make things people can appreciate and use every day.
I work in a lot of layers to develop my bold colors. Thematically, I am focused on pride, diversity, and love.
I grew up on a farm. I got into sculpting to become a better welder. I found out that I have a passion for it.
My inspiration is animals, people, places, and things. All the nouns.
I draw what I feel and what I think. I tell the world what I am about with my drawings.
I don’t restrict myself to traditional photography. I think of myself like a photographer that paints.
My goal is for you to look at the painting and sort of hear the music and feel the rhythm and vibe.
Follow what you love doing. Find your own style. Be true to yourself.
The goal is to create a three dimensional perspective in a two dimensional space to put a smile on your face and engage you with color.
This years highlight for me was the Big local Arts Village. That was the location to see a local band performing live and to view the hands on demonstrations.
I do graphite pencil drawings. They are photo realistic.
I play with fire and I hit stuff with a hammer.
I want people to learn. This is a dying art form. Not many people are doing this anymore.
I have a 10 year rule. It takes me 4 years to get it right. Then, I do it for another 4 years, and then I’m sick of it. Then, I move onto something else. I have not ran out of decades yet.
I thought that it was an amazing thing that I could make an all wood drum. I ran with it. I stumbled upon some different ideas that weren’t out there like changing the drums a little bit that made them dynamic in another way.
The one eye is about introspection. It is about closing your eye to physical distractions of life and getting to know your true self outside of this vessel, outside of your body, race, sex, social standing and how much money you make.
I do like to paint women. I can get nice whimsical with their hair and their clothes. I could do men. I just find them a little boring.
Tokyo is my favorite city in the world. I have been twice. In middle America, being able to celebrate eastern culture in this way is amazing. Having a little bit of Japan to come to me in this way is exciting.
We have been bringing this to Columbus for the last 25 years and as you can see, everyone is enjoying it.
It means push yourself to that limit, then go over that limit. We always want to challenge ourselves.
It is alcohol ink on yupo paper. Yupo paper is kind of like a polypropylene sort of like a plastic. You can get the ink in all different pigments like hues. You mix the ink with rubbing alcohol and put it on this paper.
The event had a friendly vibe. There were so many locations (about 30) where artists were creating art and displaying art. Although well attended the event didn’t seem overly crowded.
There is a lot to do at the Arnold Sports Festival that is free (on the cheap). I didn’t scratch the surface of what was offered. I felt like there was so much to do with so little time. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that is offered.
I think it is important to do what you love to do for a living. There are not enough people in the art field that show other young artist that they can do this.
I LOVE watching artists create.
The artists of the Harlem Renaissance pushed past the negative things to capture the positive productive aspects of life. They set the foundation for many of the artists today. The arts seemed to connect, the music, the paintings, the books, the sculptures, and dancing.
It’s the picture where there is a woman in a red dress dancing in a juke joint where all these guys are watching her as she is dancing by herself. That was based off the work of an artist named Keb-mo. He is a delta blues singer. The song is called “She Just Loves to Dance”. The painting came to be as I listened to that song repeatedly.
This is one of Ron Anderson’s students. Her look determined a lot. Through her eyes you can read the soul of this world. Who am I? I love being a black woman.
“Man, with flute” is a bronze piece originally carved in stone. I broke the piece because I didn’t want to do a limited edition. I just wanted one piece in bronze.
I really must pay homage to those who came before me. That is the reason I was excited to participate in this event today. It is a way to honor all those writers and poets in the Harlem Renaissance.
Why chalk art?
Because it’s fun. It’s pretty. It is something that you must capture in the moment. You must see it in person.
It is 50 plus artists. They each get either an 8 by 4 or a 4 by 4 panel. It is a free for all. You do whatever you want in the two days allotted.
My work is about the transformation of imagery. I am curious as to what more can there be in an image.
We are coordinating with Third Way Café and Clay Street Ceramics. Our whole block is “Westgate Business Works.” We are trying to bring small business back to the hilltop area and the Westgate neighborhood.
I think more people should embrace art and make our cars more fun to look at while we are driving around town.
Everyone should drive an art car. It’s wonderful. You never experience road rage.
We will help you as much as you need. You paint it. You leave it. We fire it. Then, you come back and pick up your masterpiece in about seven (7) days.
The murals are a way for different communities to come together, paint, and have a good time. We usually partner with a local volunteer organization or company and are always welcoming new faces to paint and be part of our family!
This is one of my favorite festivals because they pack a lot in a smaller area.
As an artist I’m learning every single day.
Columbus Arts Festival… Art at its finest!