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Local Q&A by Inside w/ Kc Artist

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Hellllo Kc! Today we're back with our Local Q&A featuring:


  • @hanah_fcrp

  • @ratswithshivs

  • @pencil_pen_paint

  • @shaded_artworks

  • @jcartsie

  • @resinwishes

  • @kulandkrafty

  • @dcorn.arts

  • @realhelleart

  • @found_space_studios


Huge shoutout to everyone who participated in our virtual event, we couldn't have done this without all of your support! We are sorr


Ray/ @ratswithshivs

Link: https://instagram.com/ratswithshivs?igshid=MWI4MTIyMDE= As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.

“Social media is for me. It is my scrapbook. No one else gets to decide what I post, when I post. I do not want a lot of followers. I want people that I can talk to, build relationships and friendships with, and support each other. I feel like thousands of followers drowns out the voices of the people who like your work and want to see you succeed. I want to succeed, and though I have never been good at the numbers game, I’m not going to let that stop me. I am extremely happy for people who have worked hard on their following, but that’s just not me. lol.”


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?


“Comparison is human. I try to focus my attention on it when it is happening and redirect it. Comparison is most helpful when you compare yourself to your past work, not to others.”

As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?

“It’s all about that feeling it gives me. When I first started doing art, it was all about intuition. Now that I know the fundamentals, (still learning, but who isn’t?) My intuition has been replaced with knowledge in many aspects. Except for completion of artwork. I know it’s complete when it gives me “that feeling.” It is good enough when I, and no one else, decides.”


What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?

“I have a lot of dreams with my art. To become a tattoo artist, to teach, to show in more galleries, to create a goddamn mountain of work to leave behind when I die.”

What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “It is hard to choose one favorite thing. I would say, though, that my one of my favorite aspects is the ability to either escape, or become acutely aware of the world around me as I create. Some times, I lose myself in it. Other times, it is hard to create. It’s like shadows and light. The hard days make the good days so much better. The good days are when I can find that flow. Maybe flow is my favorite thing.“ What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? “My HANDS.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “Learning how to honor and respect my bodies natural cues. I will overwork myself into art block. Finding other passions to fill in the gaps in my day where constant art would usually be helps me relax my mind and come back fresh when I’m ready to work again. I also heard, stop working when you want to do more. Don’t stop when your frustrated/exhausted.” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “I’m a cheddar person 100%. Sharp white cheddar.” Most sentimental piece you have made? “My most sentimental piece would have to be the first that I had created. It would have to be “Sylvia” the half alligator half human. I discovered my potential with that piece. It lit a fire under my ass that has sent me running ever since. “ What was your inspiration behind your piece “Playing With Fire”? “Playing with fire happened after a 6 month art hiatus when I first began doing art, when I was 18. I painted an idea on paper, burned it, painted more, and collaged the pieces, and painted some more. I still look to that piece as the kind of experimental freedom that I want to achieve again now that I feel constricted my the “rules” I have learned.“


 

Julia R. Carson/ @jcartsie


As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


I'm starting my business but i haven't gotten a super strong following yet and I haven't started a social media but my closest friends and family cheer me on and they help me believe that I can accomplish my business goals” How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?

“A lot of the time when I compare myself to others I end up looking up to them, a sort of student surpasses the teacher moment.”


As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?


“A lot of the time I just keep creating, even if the outcome is not to my liking, someone might like it, so I just keep making things till I feel that I've made something worth selling.”


What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?

“I’m hoping to get into kcai and I want to get a scholarship so I'm building my portfolio.”

What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “I love being able to make anything that comes to my mind, I've started to make clothes and ecpecailly with my ceramics, I've realized that I could just build whatever I want and it will come to life.”

What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? “I love using ribbon tools, they help me get the details I want.” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? “Using Instagram and following many artists gives me so much inspiration, but also drawing from my experiences from being on this planet.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “Currently I’m enrolled at jccc to graduate in fine arts, so I’m learning just to balance that along with my serving job as well.” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “I used to eat cheese sticks consistently as a dopamine snack and I burnt myself out on them but I loooove a good charcuterie board.” Most sentimental piece you have made? “Recently I’ve made a piece that demonstrates the frustration of the opposition of women’s rights, it’s not quite finished but I’m hoping that she’s a winner.” What was your first sculpture? “My first sculpture that I remember was a tiny little cup that I made maybe in 4th grade with rainbows and butterflies on it. However the first piece that i completed using the ceramic process was a Roman amphora that I made my freshman year in high school. ”


 

Chase Ringwall / @pencil_pen_paint


As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“I used to let that bother me, especially when I first started an art-focused insta account. Now I focus on what ~I~ think is cool. I make what I like, and stopped trying to think about what the viewer wants.”


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?


“It’s hard not to! Comparing myself to other artists has helped me grow, when I see something I like, I try to emulate how it makes me feel in my own work.”


As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?


“I create strictly on a whatever-I-feel like basis. If I’m in a vibe to push social media or create extra, then I’ll drop other things and run with that. If it seems like a chore, then it’s “good enough” as it is 😅”


What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?


“I hope to create more, and get organized with my materials. You should see the absolute mess that is my art supplies.”

What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “I think art has given me an outlet for all the wacky things in my head, and I love the fact that someone can look at those thoughts and enjoy them.”

What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? “I’m a huge fan of the Carandache 775 9B pencil.”

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? I’m inspired by my own unfortunate upbringing, and all the other people out there that have grown up in a similar environment. Keep pushing y’all.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “I tip the scales toward ‘life’ heavily. I’m an aerospace engineer by day, so I work full time. I made it clear on my start date that I wouldn’t work excessive hours. Be honest with your employer and they might just be cool about it!” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “Ha! Cheese stick? I’m a mozzarella man through and through.”

Most sentimental piece you have made? “Most sentimental piece is titled ‘Cyclones of Want & Need’. I ripped the title from my favorite quote in the novel ’Winters Bone’. It’s a self portrait of what I could have looked like at my age, had I not left my home town or had I followed the family business and the rich history of drug abuse.” If you could only make one more piece of art and had to draw a portrait of someone you didn’t know personally, who would it be? “As a final portrait, I’d probably go out on David Byrne of Talking Heads. He has an aura we should all hope for.” Which piece are you most proud of, and why? “I’m proud of ‘Garden Head’ for what it brought me. It was my first piece that I really liked, it fueled more creativity to have something that I was so stoked about.“

 

Hanah/ @hanah_fcrp

As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“I try not to focus on that, especially when I know that upfront I won't be making a living off it right now, just focus on what I'm creating and how I'm improving. And I know that the people around me support my work and say it louder than social media.”


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?

“I think it's natural to have it happen, best thing is to just let it pass and not dwell on it.”


As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?


“I don’t think I have a physical or written set for good enough. I'd like the think that I know what my good enough is by my happiness and progress even the smallest amount.”


What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?


“I hope to continue to do commissions and hope to continue to attend conventions showcasing my work.” What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “I love to problem solve and that is a huge aspect to art, especially sewing.” What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? “I love serger machines and sergering edges of my pieces or fabric, it just helps so much in costume making progress.” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? “My biggest inspiration surprisingly is myself, I'm proud that I've been able to push through a lot in life.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “My work and life go hand in hand as I see for my work and for my hobby/ art. The most important thing with that is to take breaks, cause I can get super burnt out when sewing for long periods of time.” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “American!” Most sentimental piece you have made? “I think it'd have to be my doublet piece named "Shakesqueer" as it was a pandemic piece for class. I put a lot of love into it since there was nothing else to do!” When did you make your first cosplay fit? “I made my first ever cosplay back in highschool of a character from a small video game, but my first ever costume that got my started was an Ahoka Tano for Halloween that my parents handmade.”


 

Bree/ @resinwishes

As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, etc.


"I do my best to ignore social media likes, products not selling, and losing followers. It's hard for me to not let numbers get to me because at times it determines my worth. It can make me feel like I'm not good enough or my shop isn't good enough. This especially happens if I were to compare myself to someone else. In order for myself not to get into a slump or feel so burnt out, I have to just focus on creating and doing what I do no matter what. Even if I'm not getting the output I deserve, I hope one day I do get it.“


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?  


“I have a hard time not comparing myself to others. I think it's something we learn to do once we go to elementary school, even college, and sometimes the workplace. You want to be #1 and the best at what you do. You feel unworthy if you're not doing as good as someone else. Even though it's hard not to do, I have learned to celebrate others' success. Just because that person is doing well doesn't mean it has to be bad on you or bring you down. Knowing that you're doing your best and that's all that matters. There will always be someone doing better than you or someone that has something that you wish you had. I think it's being at peace with where you're at and content with yourself. I try to tell myself I don't know how hard that person worked to get where they're at now. On social media, we usually only see the highlights or what that person wants us to see. Even if something was handed to someone else or wasn't as hard as my journey is, it's not that person's fault. I have to do my best with the hand I was dealt. “

As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide "what's good enough"?


“This is a hard one! I feel like I've been saying that about all the questions, but it's so true haha. It's true. As a business or artist, you could always be creating or doing so much more. The list of things you can be doing never runs out. I think everyone's definition of "what's good enough" is different as well. How I decide what's good enough is day by day. I usually try to make a list of things I would like to get done and see how many of those things I can get done. It sometimes never feels like I have enough time or that it's good enough, but I try to keep in mind that I'm doing my best. I'm making progress even if that progress is super small.“

What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?


“In terms of art I would love to continue getting better at my resin art craft. Whether that's learning new techniques or making items I haven't tried before. The overall goal is to keep creating my resin art and make a living off of it though! Even if it's just small and I make a part time living.”

What is your favorite thing about being an artist/creating art? “My favorite thing about being an artist is that I'm able to create something with my own hands that never existed before! That item is also one of a kind and will never be created again exactly the same. So it's just a special feeling knowing that you were the maker of that thing. “

What is your favorite tool to use when creating art? “Definitely my go to tool is a toothpick haha! I use a toothpick in both my resin art and foil art. It's just small and convenient for different things. Whether to pop bubbles, put UV resin on my items, get excess foil off, etc.“

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? “The resin community as a whole has inspired me so much. Seeing how each shop and all these pieces are so different and unique. This community has allowed me to learn and grow from the beginning. There's so many shops that I look up to and have learned to do things better from.”

Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “I try to have a work and life balance, but don't feel like I can! The way I try to have a work and life balance is working a set of hours a week and giving yourself a certain amount of time off a week too. So this may look like working 9 hours a day M-F, and taking Saturday and Sunday off. I say I don't feel like I can because I always see so many shops and entrepreneurs that talk about always working these crazy hours a day and week. It sometimes makes me feel like I can't be successful if I don't work these crazy hours as well. BUT at the same time I value my free time, rest, and happiness the most. Even though I love creating and what I do, it's still work at the end of the day.”

Favorite kind of cheese stick? “Any Mozzarella or colby-jack! I prefer deep fried mozzarella sticks the most though.”

Most sentimental piece you have made? “I don't think I ever made a sentimental resin piece, but I have made resin foils of people's love ones names and dates that have passed away.“

All of your pieces are so unique! Which is your favorite? “Most of the time they're all my favorites! I don't usually make a piece and hate it. BUT if I had to choose a favorite from recent ones I have made I would choose my panda angel wings hair clip. It's just so cute and I love all the colors together!”


 

Natasha Rubinette-Kul/ @kulandkrafty

As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“Honestly it does get to me. Some days are much better than others but it is hard that social media is so much of being a small business now. You can't just let your art speak for itself, you have to also be a marketer and know the trends, hashtags, etc. Part of what helps me out is having booths and seeing people in person rather than just relying on social media.” How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?

“I like to see other pet portrait work because I am always trying to learn. If I see a specific highlight that someone uses that I like, I may try it. It might not be for me! You can't compare your art to everyone else. You don't know where they are in their journey. All you can do is support each other!”


As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?


“I try to keep a schedule. Sometimes I decide today I'm going to try to create several tiktoks to put into my drafts so it's easier for the next week for me to post. Sometimes if I am feeling down I just start to paint. That is the part of my business that I actually like! You can't do everything in one day.”


What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?


“My next personal goals are to get my live wedding/Event Painting options out there on social media. I'm excited for this new service I'm providing! I used to be a wedding photographer and loved being in the atmosphere of weddings but did not want to do photography anymore. Now I can still do what I love to do and be part of a unique experience for people!”


What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art?

“My favorite thing about creating art is the ability to take nothing and turn it into something. I'm so proud every time I creat a painting because I can't believe it used to be a blank canvas. When I draw or paint I'm only painting shapes, lines, colors, not animals or people. And in the end it's an animal. Or a person. Or something else entirely!”


What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art?


“Ooh my favorite tool. I love Photoshop. It helps me as well as clients understand what the final product will look like before actually making it. A lot of times I'll need reference to make sure the background color will look good with the animals fur color. So I whip up a mock up in PS and start from there. It’s a super useful tool.”

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration?


“My inspiration comes from the relationship between people and animals. The amount of love and dedication you see between two people, or even between a pet and owner. You can see so much within a person or animal just by looking into their eyes. 😍”


Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance?


“Work life balance. Typically I am pretty good about it. However sometimes it is definitely hard. At the moment I feel like I'm on my phone all the time trying to figure out the best trends so I don't miss out on them. I have to be constantly looking for work and leads for my commissions since that is all I do. I have Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, etc. To always be keeping an eye on. But soon I hope to direct traffic all to one place so I don't have to worry about it as much. I've finally got to a point where I can post on one and it automatically posts to the others and it's so much easier. I try to give myself 2 days a week as a weekend for myself to do what I want. If I can have that be Saturday and Sunday great. If one week it needs to be Monday and Tuesday because I had booths on Saturday and Sunday that's fine!”


Favorite kind of cheese stick?


“Cheese? Uhhh sharp cheddar.”


Most sentimental piece you have made?


“My most sentimental piece that I have made so far... wow there are do many. Many of the pieces that I create are of pets that have passed on. For myself my most sentimental piece is probably of my cat that I had for 20 years and passed in 2020.”


Was there a specific animal, or pet of yours that inspired you to start doing pet portraits?

“Honestly I have always been drawn to animals. Like many kids I wanted to be a vet. Hell my first celebrity crush was Steve Irwin. I wanted to live ON the zoo with him and take care of all the animals. I remember drawing animals when I was a child and it just kept growing from there. I did realistic graphite drawings of animals and people in high school and then went to a totally different medium for college. Film and animation. Then reverted back to animals after college with thread painting and I created realistic animal portraits with fabric and thread. I never really painted, but I decided to try to paint a few friends animals as a thank you for helping me fix my car when I was in a pinch. Once I did that, I painted my own animals, and From there the paintings gathered a lot of attention from peers and I had more and more paintings to do. Finally I quit my job and started to pursue this full time ❤️.”



 

Shaded Artworks/ @shaded_artworks

As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“For me, it’s all about being positive & being consistent with what I display. My mindset is “if I love it, I know others will (even if it is to 1 person.” I always want to be genuine with my art and proud of every piece I work on.”


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?


“As an artist & content creator, comparing yourself comes with it. I think it’s all about changing the mindset of “why can’t I do that?” when it’s good to say “that’s inspiring! I know I can do that too!” Now, I love learning from new businesses, networking with entrepreneurs and love watching artist’s product reels!”


As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”? “For me, as long as I know I am doing my best, that’s when I know I’m doing good enough. It’s important to me to have a balance with work, my art, and life in general. When it comes to being good enough on a project, as long as I give it my all is everything!” What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for? “My next personal art goals includes working on more canvas paintings, creating my own website to sell my art, and applying to more vendor opportunities.” What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “My favorite thing about being an artist is being able to share my art with everyone. I used to be insecure with my art, but now I’m proud of it. I also love how my nieces love to come over and want to paint with me all the time. The fact that they love art as much as I do means the world to me!” What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? I cannot live without my paints! I could spend all of my money on paint and it would make me the happiest!” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? “My biggest inspiration is my niece Sophia. Ever since I started my business, she comes with me to showcase my art at my vendor events. She loves to come over to my house and see what project I’m working on and likes to paint with me at the same time! The fact that she wants to be an artist or an art teacher in the future means the world to me!” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “I do have a work-life balance. I work a full-time job and when I come home, I’ll stay up late working on art. I’ll also work on my art during the weekends. There are times when I can’t get to my art when I have family events or even just spending time with my loved ones. But my mentality is sometimes I need a break from my art as well to come up with new ideas. Favorite kind of cheese stick? “Anything with Mozzarella I love!” Most sentimental piece you have made? “My most sentimental piece is my first official canvas painting of Union Station in Kansas City. I’m from Kansas City and was at a dark stage in my life. When I started working on this piece, there were many times I wanted to just throw it away. But I stuck with it and so proud of how what it turned out to be!”



 

Dani Coronado/ @dcorn.arts


As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“It’s hard to not let the numbers of views, follows, etc get to you. The more important thing to remember is quality not quantity. Yes, there are quality likes- like if it’s your friends who like your posts, cool! Love that! But if it’s a random person from a different area of the world who likes your work, even better! Obviously you also get fake accounts that like your work, but hey, racking up numbers helps the algorithm.

Not selling enough is another issue entirely. Part of that is making sure you approach multiple avenues to sell your work- in person, online through instagram, websites, applying for shows. It doesn’t feel too great when people don’t buy your art after all the work you do, but that’s also a good time to reflect on your intended audience. Everyone has an audience.”


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others? “Everyone is an artist. I truly believe that. BUT I am a very competitive human, so I have to remind myself frequently that every artist has a different reason for doing what they do. Some of the most traditionally skillful artists just do it for money, which is fine. Some artists who produce the more abstracted works are creating for a deep conceptual and personal reason. The list is infinite because we are all different. The most important thing to remember is to better yourself for yourself, not for others. Keep working on your own portfolio. Others can inspire you and influence you, but there is no need to try to copy what they’re doing for them; because you are you! Remember your reason for creating. Keep working for you, boo boo.” As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”? “If you consider an artwork finished, it’s good enough. There will be at least one person who appreciates it. If you have a really diverse portfolio (like me!) just make sure to sort everything accordingly so it's accessible for its intended audience.” What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for? “Mostly, right now, I want to develop a better studio practice. It’s easy to create art when the real world isn’t constantly reminding you of your chores, finances, social life, etc. I know I will lose steam, it’s impossible to not have hiccups, but my hope is that I keep picking it back up like I always have. Other goals include making my own paper, creating larger works, and finishing more corn portraits!” What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “I love how creating makes me feel. I am very verbally expressive, so I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s my voice (as some artists may feel), but it's definitely another way to visually express my thoughts. My art, at least to me, feels like a dream: a surreal culmination of my thoughts, interpretations, and actions surrounding a central theme. I also really love experimenting with art materials and subject matter. That’s probably my favorite physical aspect of creating- the challenge of trying something new!” What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art?

“That’s hard because I do love to experiment. I guess I would have to say board, like masonite or plywood. It’s cheap, it’s effective, it’s versatile.” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration “Frida Kahlo is definitely a huge inspiration for me. Similar to her, my portraits are a personal reflection of self, and for myself over anyone. They’re also colorful yet somber. I also consider Picasso an inspiration, as he constantly experimented with his media and style. Then there’s also Ana Mendietta, Sarah Zapata, Rozeal, Ralph Steadman, Alex Pardee, James Luna, Marina Abramovic, Dali… so many! Definitely the writings of Gloria Anzaldua, too. Her discussions of the borderlands and the multiple worlds that mestizas experience have really helped me discover the intersections of my white and Peruvian cultures.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “It’s hard and it’s something I am working on constantly. There is a stereotype that artists are always introverts and enjoy alone time- not me. I really struggle with locking myself in studio to work, but it’s what I have to do for myself. Timers are a lifesaver. Also, while I am sososo bad at using a calendar, calendars are helpful. You actually have to plan time to be in studio. Sometimes, you’ll block out six hours to work on an art piece but really you only work for three. That’s fine. Just keep scheduling the time for yourself to create.” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “SPICY! Love a good p-jack.” Most sentimental piece you have made? “Probably my small corn painting, Femme. She started it all. My recent portfolio is based upon rediscovering Peruvian history as it relates to who I am today. I read about rights and rituals of the Inka, including puberty rights for women. The portrait of corn came to mind with mazamorra as her menstruation. Femme was really the impetus for my most recent work.” How many exhibits have you been featured in? “Approximately 30 in the last decade? My whole CV can be found on my website: DCorn.Art :)“



 

Found Space Studios/ @found_space_studios

As an artist and business, how do you not let the numbers get to you? Such as social media likes, not selling enough, followers, ect.


“I personally, it helps to have a day job, so my success doesn't ride on numbers. And the enjoyment comes from the making, I trust that my work gets noticed at some point, and the more I have done when that time comes is even better.”

How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?


“I don't try to compare with anyone else because with how much work is out there, I believe my own process and work isn't like anyone else's. but being inspired by other people work and processes is a must.”

As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?


“A sketchbook is a wonderful tool for putting down ideas and going back and expanding on older ideas, and anything that gets made has gone through a long series of thoughts and sketches.”

What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for?


“My next goals are to try to get some work in local stores and possibly having steady sales for my work.”

What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art?


“The feeling I get when creating is the real reason I do it. Without it, I lose enthusiasm for pushing through day to day life.”

What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art?


My favorite tool is different for every job and piece, but my pencil, flat metal scraper, and sculpting tools are my go-to.”


Who or what has been your biggest inspiration?


Biggest inspiration has been my mom and her creative nature, which nurtured my creative side and the people who create around me.”


Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance?


“The work and life balance is very hard, my day job is creating, and all I want to do is get home and create, and life falls between and sometimes gets lost. It is a struggle, but I hope to find a solution at some point.”

Favorite kind of cheese stick?


Mozzarella”


Most sentimental piece you have made?


“Many years ago with my job in historical restoration, we were honored to create a concrete memorial for Caleb Thomas Shwab, who passed in 2016 at Schlitterbahn in Kansas.”

What was the very first sculpture of?


“Aside from being in craft classes since I was young, my first sculpture was in freshman year high school. I was learning welding and created a Lilly pad flowering. My mom still has it.”



 

Real Heffe Art/ @Realheffeart


How do you deal with comparing yourself to others?


“I try not to let it get to me. You’ll always see work that makes you think “what am I doing?” But I try to just spin it to get better. There’s always someone better than you or knows more than you. Especially with art, just keep going.”

As a business and artist, you can always be creating and doing so much more. How do you decide “what’s good enough”?

“No piece is ever “good enough” you just reach a point where you have to stop and be happy with what you’ve done. Every artist can point out flaws nobody will see or know but them. Just the nature of the beast.”

What are your next personal goals for your art? What do you hope for? “My favorite thing about being an artist is that 45 minutes to an hour of being in that perfect groove. There’s a window where you’ve got that muse and it’s bliss, nothing like it. Everything just comes to you and it’s flows so naturally.” What is your favorite thing about being an artist/ creating art? “My favorite thing about being an artist is that 45 minutes to an hour of being in that perfect groove. There’s a window where you’ve got that muse and it’s bliss, nothing like it. Everything just comes to you and it’s flows so naturally.” What is your favorite tool to use when creating your art? “My favorite tool to use is a palette knife. I love spreading a color or two across the canvas and feel it spread underneath and see how the colors mixed and expanded into one motion.” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? “Mostly other artists. Whether it be painters, figure drawing comedians, musicians or writers. Artists just keep failing and failing until they get it right and eventually pop. The constant act of trial and error. Figuring out what works for you, how to tweak that or abandon this and onto the next. People who don’t give up inspire me, because being good at what you love is hard.” Do you have a work and life balance? How do you make a work and life balance? “I work as a mailman 6 days a week usually 10 hours a day. Lots of late nights and all nighters when I’m off the next day.” Favorite kind of cheese stick? “Deep fried mozzarella stick with some marinara.” Most sentimental piece you have made? “Biggie is my most sentimental piece. My mother in law got me the canvas and I recently moved from New York to Kansas City. It’s also my wife’s favorite.”


When was the first art show/ pop-up you were featured in?

“I was first featured at B.J. Spoke Art Gallery in Huntington, Long Island in 2019. I’ll be the featured artist for March out here in Kansas City at MOD Art gallery. I’ll see ya at first Friday.”


 

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