From San Antonio, Texas, our next featured artist won't just impress you with his work, but also with his passion and dedication to his art. His attention to details is mind-blowing. He is generous enough to give us tips and information about how aspiring artists could make it in the industry.
He has been creating for 30 years now, which makes him a savant in what he does. We are honored that he has graced us to do this interview with him and we are sure that you, our readers, will be inspired to learn more about his journey in making art and doing it professionally. Without further ado, we give you the extremely talented- Tony Pro.
An Interview With Tony Pro
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Tony: My older brother has been an illustrator for 30 years and my parents were art collectors so I was around art from when I was a child. I always loved it.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Tony: I admire and was influenced by the great artists of the 19th Century like John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaquin Sarolla. I also have a great fondness for the Dutch masters as well as the Spanish masters like Velasquez.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Tony: I want people to know what I thought as I lived. I want people to see life through my eyes and how I felt. Much like Van Gogh, I want to “move people”
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Tony: I want people to think when they see my work.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Tony: I'm a very small cog in a very large wheel. I would hope my work inspires someone to do something positive.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Tony: Sometimes its as simple as thinking of something funny or ridiculous or seeing something beautiful and I feel a need to just paint it.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Tony: I don’t have one yet. It’s all over the place and contemporary art is still trying to climb out of modernity.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Tony: Paint for yourself and do it with vigor. Don’t paint what others want to see, paint what you have to say.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Tony: Develop my skills and narrative. It’s a constant evolving process.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Tony: Don’t ever base decisions on ego.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Tony: I usually do something else. Play guitar or cook. You can’t create when you aren’t inspired.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Tony: Dead guys: Sargent, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Zorn
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Tony: Earning a living painting what you want vs what people want to hang on the walls.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Tony: The feeling of accomplishment when you pull something off.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Tony: Don’t trust galleries.
APA: What is your creative process like?
Tony: Get in the studio and just do the work.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Tony: It needs to say something first. Then it needs a captivating design.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Tony: Odd Nerdrum
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Tony: How to handle the let downs with the rollercoaster of life.
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Tony: I don’t have the ability mindset-wise to work on one masterpiece. The way my brain works and with my problem of getting bored really fast, I need to create a large body of works. A large body of experiences. Each painting is an experience and I need to sample it all.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Tony: John Singer Sargent.
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