Can you share some info on yourself? Age, school, aspirations etc?
I’m technically 25. But since I spend most of my time with guys from the 19th century, I feel like the Titanic sank yesterday. I listen primarily to the Boswell Sisters (1930’s), drool over 19th century academic paintings, and feel like I’m dating Albert Henry Munsell (1858-1918) after spending the past several years reading his diaries and writing a paper (soon to be published!) about his color theory.
I went to college at the University of Chicago and studied History and Philosophy of Science, then went to the Grand Central Academy in New York to learn to draw and paint. The artist friends and teachers I met in New York are the biggest inspiration to me; I look up to and admire them beyond words, and every day aspire to be half as good as them. My history/science experience informs and inspires my art; and the act of painting consumes my daily life.
My life obsession is realism. Like the natural philosophers of old who claimed to understand the gastric system by recreating it in a mechanical digesting duck, I feel I’ve understood the visual world that so preoccupies me only when I can recreate it in paint, and I feel my work has meaning when my audience also becomes fascinated with the show.
(…sorry that turned out to be probably more than you wanted).