Artist Proof Interview with Artist: Autumn Rain Turkel
Global Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
AP Shop URL: http://www.zazzle.com/arturkel*
I am a life long artist who lives and works around LA. I graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2006 and have been working since then in the freelance and corporate entertainment world. My personal work is what you will generally find in my galleries as it is much more meaningful to me.
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start.
AT: I have been an artist my entire life. I lacked training at a young age, but ultimately found the will and funding to get to a great school. My initial inspiration to become an artist were comic books, album covers for metal bands, and the fantasy works of dungeons and dragons artists.
AP: Where do you currently live and work and how does this influence your work.
AT: I am in Los Angeles, I am not sure if it influences my work all that much. Maybe if I sat in traffic more I would be more aggressive with what I do.
AP: Did you have formal training if so whatω If your self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training.
AT: I was self taught for many years, then went to school in my late twenties. Honestly, if you have the drive there is no difference. In training, in fact those who are self taught may be more acutely aware of the ideas and concepts of art as they have had to observe them for themselves, rather than having someone explain them. At this point I am going back to being self taught, as we all need to continue to grow. I think that either approach has pros and cons, so just make the best art with whatever schooling you can muster yourself.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work.
AT: I make art in my house. My entire living and dining area is devoted to my studio setup. If anything it keeps me working at smaller sizes as I cannot have huge canvases without ruining the place.
AP: What are some of you favorite design projects/exhibitions you have worked on to date.
AT: I think the game duels was well put together and had much creative freedom for the artists involved, it was enjoyable.
AP: What is your medium of choice.
AT: It’s more of a medium of the moment. Whatever I feel like doing. There really are no limits.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work.
AT: In my work, the content is tied to the technique as they define one another. However, the painterly approach is the emotional crux that allows others to project their own ideas onto what I do. It is important that they be able to bring things to the art that I had never intended. This allows others to connect in ways I hadn’t thought of.
AP: Who are some of the artists that have inspired you and or your work.
AT: Robh Ruppel, Daniel Landerman, John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid, Casey Baugh, Jeremy Lipking, Micheal Hussar
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years.
AT: I will be doing more oil painting and portrait style work for myself, possibly even abandoning digital all together, or developing a hybrid approach.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011.
AT: I can’t discuss that with you at the moment. Or more to the point, I could, but then I would have to kill you. And you all seem like such nice people, that would be a shame.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
AT: Wake up, make coffee, run a few miles, shower, drink coffee while answering emails, warm up gesture drawings and sketches, work for 3-4 hours, lunch get outside and enjoy the sun, or hit the gym to get some exercise, home to shower, back to the drawing board (or painting,) Dinner, head to the Original Drink and Draw Social Club in LA (only on thursdays,) home, check emails for freelance, bed. Other things that permeate my artistic existence are photo shoots for reference, art openings, and schmoozing clients.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
Thank you for having me I appreciate the support and everything AP does to promote art.