Thomas Myers :: artist interview

Tom Myers Serious Fun Art Studio

 

I am pleased to introduce Thomas Myers, oil painter! His work is currently on display on Serious Fun Art Studio’s gallery wall. Stop in to see his lovely work up close… framed originals, artist reproductions, and giclée prints available, until this snowbird flies back to his northern home. Here’s a little Q & A with Tom ~

How do you describe your style of artwork?1600627_orig

My work is Contemporary Impressionism. When I have been most moved and impressed by artwork, music or any expressive art form, it has been when the work has first grabbed my soul with its poetry and then amazed my mind with its structure and construction.

Have oils always been your medium of choice?

Oils have always been my choice because when my wife and I travel we have been to numerous museums and 99% of the work is Oil Painting. I usually take 1 or 2 classes when here in Florida. I also teach one or two classes as well.

What artists or illustrators do you admire and why?

I mostly admire the Impressionists and Joaquin Sorolla, and Russian Impressionists like Yuri Krotov. I like this style of painting feeling rather than a Photo Realist or a Photo. To me a painting should show the artist’s personality, and the way a painter does this is with brush strokes.

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What colors are you drawn to?

My wife has told me that I have orange in most of my paintings. She is right… I try to capture the light of the subject and usually there is orange of some value there.

When you’re not painting, what do you most like to do to enjoy life?

When not painting, I like to play handball, golf and spend time with my family. I have 2 children: Kelly and Patrick, and now they each have 2 children: 2 boys and 2 girls. I love them all.

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What are you proud of in your artistic path to this point? What artistic accomplishments do you yet reach for?

I most like the painting experience. I have sold a lot of my paintings and have received several awards for them. When I start a new painting I have a vision of what Rembrandt said it should look like: “ at 12 inches it should look like a tapestry and at 12 feet you should see the composition, if you don’t keep painting”. When I go to a museum I am most impressed by those paintings that grab my heart.

Where is your work represented?

Galleries with my work in the Flint, Michigan area include The Flint Institute of Art and The Swartz Creek Art Gallery. In Florida, my work can be seen at Zephyrhills City Hall, and at Serious Fun Art Studio (Temple Terrace).

I will be in an Art show in Zephyrhills in March on the 11th and 12th from 10am-6pm. I was just in a show in Dade City called Moonlight and Ivory on Feb 6th and 7th.

Find Tom online at www.thomaslmyers.com 

Susan Windsor :: artist interview

Susan Windsor painting Serious Fun Art Studio has been enjoying the artwork of Susan Windsor on our gallery wall space since the grand opening of our current location in March. We are privileged to have several of her original framed watercolors, and many giclee prints. The show will continue to run through June.

Susan Winsdor is a gifted, lovely artist with a beautiful heart for her family and an appreciation for God’s nature that is obvious in her work. Here is a bit more about her, behind the scenes so to speak. Personally, I find getting to know an artist deeper than just seeing their work makes their art more dimensional to me. I hope you do too ~

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Q: How do you describe your style of artwork?

A: Free-flowing with a tiny bit of detail. When painting animals particularly, I love focusing the detail in the eyes to draw the attention there. Then with fur (or feathers), I like to keep that less specific.

Q: Has watercolor always been your medium of choice?

A: Yes, pretty much. It was the first medium after pencil that I tried in high school. I then dabbled in oil paint (which took way too long to dry for my taste). I use acrylic every so often if I want to cover a large canvas. I spent some time working with pastels, too. I love each of those, but I always come back to my first love of watercolor.

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Q: What paper, paints, brushes do you use?

A: I use mostly Arches cold press, 140 lb. Paper. For paints, I’ve often used soft Holbein and Winsor & Newton. But more recently I’ve been loving my Yarka St. Petersburg and Lukas 1862 paints which are solid, pan watercolors. I’ve found a real richness and depth that I love in those.

Q: What artists / illustrators do you admire and why?

A: I love Edward Hopper’s work. You usually see one person who looks lost in their thoughts sitting in a lovely place. His work has such a relaxed, contemplative feel about it.

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Q: Do you have a favorite color?

A: Oh, it depends on the day or even the moment. Usually anything with blue, turquoise, or green. I think that’s one reason I love painting the ocean.

Q: When you’re not painting, what do you most like to do to enjoy life?

A: Any time I can spend with my dear husband and our rambunctious kids is time well spent. I love going to the zoo with them, although sometimes I find myself taking more pictures of the animals than of my kiddos!

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Q: What are you proud of in your artistic path to this point?

A: I’m probably most proud that I started selling online five years ago. I always loved to paint for my enjoyment, but I love that I can now share my work with others so easily. And it’s such an honor to know that people around the world take space in their homes to hang my work! (PS, we just shipped one to Australia, so stop by Serious Fun Art Studio to get any of her artwork you’ve had your eye on!)

 

Susan Windsor Fine Art can also be found:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susanwindsorartwork
Twitter: Susan_Windsor
Instagram: http://instagram.com/susanwindsor
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Susan Windsor, artist interview 2015
www.susanwindsor.com
www.etsy.com/shop/SusanWindsor
www.printablegrace.etsy.com

 

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