: Welcome to my humble show,
Do you enjoy being here?
: Most definitely, always a pleasure to appear on your show.
: I'm so glad you don't feel disturbed by all them chains, spikes, death, and boiled body parts around here!
you will get killed and dismembered
questions will get more interesting, why don't you just introduce yourself a bit, please!
: In a nut shell I'm just a simple soul, artist, traveler and friend. I'm not very main stream, I'm left thinking and very liberal. I'm not a follower, I question everything and defy all! A bit of a rebel. I march to my own drum.
My major loves are the arts of all sorts. I enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people along the way. My motto is; keep moving forward, enjoy the past but don't dwell on it. Be open to making mistakes along the way. Help others. I enjoy good food and drink along with good engaging conversation.
My major dislikes are politics and politicians. I'm all the above and then some.
: Elaborate some more on your HATRED TOWARDS POLITICIANS, please!
: Hatred is to strong of a word, more like a dislike, with no respect for these sort of vile creatures that walk upon our earth. These types are only interested in themselves, lining their pockets at the expense of others. They are not to be trusted and would sell their mothers to the devil if they could. They claim to represent and be a voice for the little man, all the while plotting a course for themselves.
: And so, you DISLIKE them!
Are you always that modest? Also, do you actually view yourself as being representative for society as a whole, on this one?
If so why, if not why not?
: I'm a prime example of what modest is! ha, ha ha. Maybe I'm just too direct but given where I'm at in life I feel that I've earned it, I've paid my dues to society and will continue to do so.
In answer to your question, are we all not representatives of society in some way shape or form? What a boring place the world would be if we were all the same.
I believe that I play by the rules of society for he most part and that I do bring something to the party, i.e. helping others, teaching the less fortunate etc.
: So what do you do?
: Art, Art, and Art. I stopped working 3 years ago. I was an operations manager for an imaging supplies company working in the Netherlands for 17 years. I closed that company and moved all production into our Paris facility. I was relocated to the Denver, Colorado area and worked there for 20 years until I retired. I'm now only interested in art of all sorts. I'm currently a member of a local art guild where I live and I'm a member of a gallery in the arts district in Denver. I teach photography to intercity youths that are at risk. I'm currently enrolled in the Arts Student League of Denver taking classes in "Intaglio printing". I'm loving life at this stage of my life.
: What is INTAGLIO PRINTING, what are YOUTHS AT RISK, and how does PHOTOGRAPHY come into play here?
: Intaglio Printing (engraving), is a method of making prints. It was invented in Germany by the 1430s, well after the woodcut print. Intaglio is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print.
Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface or matrix, and the incisions are created by etching, engraving, dry point, aquatint or mezzotint. Solar plates may also be printed as intaglio plates.
At risk youths are young kids that live in poor areas that don't get support from local cities or governments. Most often crime ridden areas with failing schools etc.
I'm planning to combine my photography into a printing process that will enable me to work in a mixed media, embellishing the final print with other procedures to achieve a desired result that will set my work apart from others thus resulting in my own style.
: So, you are still kinda looking for your own style…?
If so, what is THIS?
: No, I don't feel that I'm searching for my own style. My work consists of fragments of my daily life. I can review my images and each image has a time frame that I can relate too. I like to keep my work diverse as I get bored very quickly. Painting myself into a corner (the same type of work, year in & year out) is not where I want to be. I know others artists (they would not agree with this statement) that have produced the same style of work using the same subject matter for years and are very happy doing just that. It's just not for me, I'd feel like I'm not moving forward, just stuck in the past. The example images you've listed are presented in a way that I use to mount and frame my work when I'm showing in galleries. This helps me in the visual aspect of putting a show together as I tend to lean towards a clean line when presenting.
: Well, I still think they're quite unique though…
But right, so which ones of your works would YOU actually suggest, to be more representative for what you're doing?
: That's a tough question to answer! I would say any piece of work produced within the last 6 months. I feel that I'm just starting to control the overlay process, however I'm now starting to think about the printing process that I described earlier and I'm staring to gear my work towards that process which in effect is a minimal approach (less subject matter) that can be embellished on at a later stage to complete the piece of work.
: Just what exactly are the stages that guide you, from a raw concept to a finished work?
What exactly is it you DO in between those?
: First of all I always have my camera by my side. I work completely different than I use too. I don't have any preconceived ideas or subject matter that I'm want to record. I go about my daily life and when something catches my eye I shoot it. Once I record the image my mind is already in motion as to how I want to work on this image. Do I add or subtract from the base image? Can I combine the image with other images that I shot? Once all these elements are explored I start working on the image, keeping in mind that the idea can change along the way. I feel that this process gives me a sort of freedom that allows me to stay relaxed and doesn't force me in any one direction. If I can compare, it's sort of like working with a puzzle. Most of my subject matter is bits and pieces that I pick up along the way and is subject matter that most people will just walk by and never really look at. I have to say that I enjoy the photo shoot more than working on a finished image.
Having spoken to many artists I agree with them, "when is the piece of work really finished"? Can I embellish the piece or not? Would this add content, enhance the image or would it destroy the piece? For me it's important to just keep moving forward and I'm not really interested in reaching the mass pubic with my work. If my work sells I purchase new materials. If it doesn't sell it's not the end of the world. For me it's about having fun in life and enjoying other artists along the way.
: So you are actually SELLING your work… Or at least, some of it.
Like, how do you do that?
: Yes I do sell my work. I'm a member of the CHAC gallery & the Art Students League of Denver. I'm also a member of an Art Guild that's in my home town. As an example, during 2013 I was in six shows and that's where my work sells, mostly matted and framed. The gallery displays work for one month at a time. I limited my shows for 2014, one in March and one in September as I'll be headed into a different direction with the printing classes that are starting in February. Knowing all well this will take up a lot of time learning a new procedure and applying my photography to this art form. I understand that this will take some time to master or at least be good enough to display to the general public. As I said earlier, keep moving forward. This keeps you young.
: Do share some behind the scenes stories about THESE with our noble audience, please!
: Wow, this is some of my older work. Commenting on images from left to right: #1, During my black & white days this was the type of photography that interested me. Strong gray areas along with line play giving the image an industrial feel. #2, "The Kiss", about once per year I travel out to the desert where I can clear my head and get away from people. When I'm in this area most everything looks the same so it forces me to look through the view finder looking for subject matter. These 2 rocks looked to have facial features and were about to kiss each other. #3, "Two Nudes" really was the starting point of my journey down the abstract road. The subject matter was a stained piece of glass to which I embellished on a bit. #4, Out of Nowhere", the title says it all! This image was taken on a stroll in Denver, it was a store front window and it just seemed to pop out of nowhere. Strong contrast along with flowing lines and the white hand matching the white lines of the dress. Just an image that I recorded at the time. Since these images were recorded I do feel that I've moved along into a different direction. For better or worse let the audience decide!
: What's your opinion about THE AUDIENCE?
: I'm assuming that your referring to the DA audience in general? My feelings are mixed. Some artists have huge followings and others have small followings for what ever reason. Some are truly well talented and others are just floating along. What are your thoughts?
: Hey, we're not talking about me, we're talking about YOU!
So, what do YOU think about them? Do you think that as a whole, the dA audience should really be able to judge "better or worse" in your works?
I mean like, REALLY?
Also, just how important do you actually think "being followed" is?
: Sorry, I digressed. It's about ME! I'm totally fine with the DA audience offering their opinion, however I do take into account who's saying what vs. their level of artistic ability. I'm also aware that there are DA members that submit work and have a huge following that receive loads of faves/likes and who's work leaves something to be desired in my opinion. As the old saying goes, "it's not always what you know, it's who you know". This happens more than you may think on DA. As for myself I'm not a social butterfly, I don't like/fave whoring and I don't like/faving work that I don't like just to make someone feel good about themselves. I'm also fully aware that everyone has different tastes and that there are certain types or, subject matter that others may not like or relate too.
As far as being followed or watched, I think that it does validate that others may see a talent that they can relate too and that the watched artist can gage this or use this as a tool to further enhance their own ability. That being said, for me it's not about me being following/watched. I'm more of a comment guy which I really don't get on DA. Maybe I'm just to left of center with my thoughts. This is a subject that be debated for a long time and everyone will have their own opinion which I think is healthy.
: So with that being said, why do you think dA people keep thinking that, in contrast to, maybe,
people, they are meant to be the ones just staring at random pictures, without having anything to say at all?
: I think it's just the way social media works. I'm not a FuckBook person either. Virtual babble with nothing of value really being said. This is just my opinion of course. DA is a cut above other social media sites in as much that art is being shown. Most often the work that artists show is produced from the soul, however I question how much time is spent on really viewing the artist work, a few seconds (like / dislike, click & gone)? O course this comment is coming from someone that's maybe not just the most social guy in the world as I tend to be more direct, cut the bullshit, lets get on with it and move on! As you can tell I don't spend a lot of time on DA either. I think it's because my time is running out and I think that there's still much more I'd like to see and do before I expire. I'm also more of a face to face guy as opposed to virtual relationship from a faceless person. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy exchanging words on DA, such as with yourself and with this interview/show. I think your style is also very direct and to the point, I value that!
: Hey, don't make me blush!
Why do you think it is, that even fuckbook people say that basically, yes, fuckbook people DO suck, but still think it's a GOOD thing that there are just so MANY of them?
: Don't know, but I can surely say that because I not a facebook sucker. Maybe the others that claim to say facebook sucks (and are members) are not being true to themselves, but that's their problem not mine!
: So with that said, what would be YOUR last words to our humble audience?
: Keep moving forward. Produce art and don't sell your soul. Thanks for tuning into the show and thanks for having me. Till we meet again.
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