|Recital and Cana|
1. Where do you do your work? Do you work from life, photographs, or from imagination?
I work from my home studio. Two rooms are set aside. One whole bedroom has been converted to a storage room. My art supplies and several paintings are in there, as well as props I use to teach art classes. The whole family room is my painting studio. I have a glass sliding door to the back yard. Natural light comes in through it. I hang the works I have recently finished in there, and the last painting I've done is always hung above the fireplace. There is plenty of room in there for me to back up and look to see how my paintings are progressing. I have five easels, and I generally don't work specifically from my imagination. If I have an idea in mind, such as a painting from the life of Jesus Christ, I will stage it with models and take several photos as a reference. I do work from life if I'm doing portraits or still life. Also, I might want to capture a scene with dramatic lighting, so I'll take photos of that because the sun moves so rapidly and the shadows and light change.
Beauty moves me the most in life. I become emotional when I see a dramatic contrast in light and shadow, in color values, or in gesture of a figure.
3. What technique do you use?
With my painting, I generally use oil on canvas. I do a lot of sketching with ball-point pen on paper and I use the crosshatch method to show the shadows.
4. What do you think is the most important influence in your art?
I began drawing as a very little boy. It was my passion. Later on I got my art degree from the University of Utah. Those things gave me the foundation of my art, but the most important influence in my art has been the hours and years of practice. Observation is the very most important thing to me. I want to see the relationships of shapes and colors. It is important to me to draw what I actually see, not what I think I see.
5. How important is the subject matter to your artwork?
I don't really know how to answer this question. I always just go with a gut feeling. Sometimes I might be driving somewhere and see something that blows my mind. I have to portray it somehow. At other times, I just feel spiritually inclined to pursue a subject. If I don't feel pretty inspired by what I'm trying to portray, it never turns out very well.
6. Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work?
I do not follow a specific work schedule. I only work when I'm inspired to. This may be for several hours a day or just a few hours a week.
Thank you, Tom, for the interview!
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