|Tony: What advice would you give young artists who want to be
Charles: The very first thing, learn to draw. It seems a
simple statement, and it is a lifelong pursuit, but soooo many young artists are being
hamstrung by teachers who convince them that its okay to use the projector and the
photograph for all their realistic work. Everybody wants everything now. But if the young
artist learns to lean on projectors and such, they will never develop the confidence
through the doing - the striving - that eventually frees them to create whats in
their head, not whats in a photograph.
If you are an art student and are considering buying one dont!
darkside, the quick and easy path
that will lead to
the death of your art spirit.
Looking at and studying all kinds of art will help the young artist know at least
generally what appeals to them. Knowing what you dont like is about as important as
knowing what you do. So get out of the genre and look at other art.
If you decide to go to college, major in something other than art, that way you may get
something out it, otherwise go to an art school where technique is taught. There is a
danger of becoming enamored with technique for its own sake, but without it, satisfying
images are hit and miss. Each new thing the artist learns is another arrow for your
Tony: What do you think distinguishes those that make it from those that don't?
Charles: In a nutshell, perseverance. The will to strive and do what it
takes to learn your craft and make it art, not settling when told impossible,
or lost technique. The bull-headedness to never quit when the odds are
completely against you, because they are. Ive known talented young artists who had
everything it took to do it but the ability to take a hit and then get up and do it again.
Be able to take failure and learn from it, think it through and then attack again with
Tony: As artists "grow" they explore new styles, concepts, materials,
genre where do you see your future in art and what challenges are you looking to
Charles: The old saying, Never put all your eggs in one basket
is true. As book publishers are gobbled up by large corporate entities and mid selling
authors find themselves squeezed as fewer books are published, Im always looking for
new genres and markets to have options should the field experience an even greater
I guess my biggest personal challenge in this field is to maintain a traditional
approach to art in the face of computer created art. I have no real interest or desire to
create art in a virtual world. I prefer being in real woods playing around, running, than
doing it in a virtual world, but I suppose that makes me pretty old-fashioned. Which is
true since more recent developments in my life lead me to pursue a direction far from the
cutting edge of technology. My interests have led me to the study of the American
frontier, the fight for a better life in the face of terrible danger.
I continue to explore a more painterly approach to my art and hope that as I gain
greater control of the paint, Ill be able to attract new friends to my art without
losing those who like my work now. I hope to maintain an attitude of the student artist,
continuing to learn and develop as a painter.
Tony: I think thats about all the time weve got, but I want to
thank you for an interesting chat, I think I understand a little better the artists
Charles: Thanks, it was fun.