So... tell us about yourself.
I am originally for Salt Lake City, currently living in Cache Valley. In college, I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Health. About two years ago, I left my job in healthcare administration to be a full time artist. I am married to Kellee Linton and have four children; Jude (10), Hazel (7), Ruby (3), and Olive (8 mo). If I'm not working on art, I'm at the lake, in the mountains, or in the garden.
Have you read any good books lately?
Gilead, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, The Mapmaker's Wife, Dandelion Wine
Why do you make art?
I am an artist because I feel like there is so much beauty that constantly surrounds us that we fail to notice. Creating art is one way that I allow myself to stop, digest, and interpret the world around me. I love finding the art that already exists in nature and finding a way to present it in a way that makes it possible to study. A good art session starts with a hike in the mountains and ends with something I can hang on my wall. I know a piece is finished when I can't make my mistakes look intentional. I throw out many attempts before I have a finished product.
How much time do you get to spend making art?
I probably spend about 20 hours a week actually making art.
Did you study art in school?
I took private art lessons as a child and I took art classes in college, but I did not get an art degree. My advice to someone considering art school would be to also take business classes. There are too many artists that can't afford to be professional artists because they didn't learn the business and marketing skills that it takes to be successful.
How do you get through creative blocks?
I get out in nature. Southern Utah or the Uintas are especially inspiring for me.
How do you balance time between making art and marketing art?
I spend more time marketing my art than I actually spend making the art. In my experience, this is one of the necessary parts of being able to be a full time artist. I probably spend 75% of the time on the business side of art and 25% on the creative and production side.