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Interview With a Latvian

From time to time I receive interviews from art students. Yesterday I did one for a Latvian student studying in Grenoble and thought his questions were well constructed.

1. Your paintings are "different" from others, they are original! I'm talking specifically about the Alpinist 33 Cover, I just love the colours you've chosen and the way you accent the lines. So i would like to know where did you find the inspiration to create such a unique style?

Imagine dragging your toes through the sand, your hand through the air out the window of a car, or a rake in the dirt. Those lines inspire my lines.

2. Has drawing always been easy for you or it took a lot of practice to get to this kind of level?

I have been practicing my entire life and I continue to. I appreciate that people enjoy my art, but all I want to do is to keep exploring, much like I do with climbing. I wouldn't saw drawing is "easy" for me, but it does make me happy and so the more I do it the happier and more proficient I get. We all are artists in one way or another at birth. The noted ones aren't always the most talented, but those who just cant live without creating.

3. I'm wondering, what kind of artists do you like, what are your favorite ones?

My tastes are quite broad- from fine art to street grafitti and influence is everywhere, daily. My "favorite" current artists are the ones who have something to say and have found a way to say it. I lean towards people who work hard, evolve, and empower others, rather than those find a way to make money and regurgitate it for a career. Not that its a bad thing to make a living, but regurgitating isn't living.
I like Chinese brush work done in art "camps" in the 16th century. I like Van Gogh. I REALLY like Gustav Klimt. I like Smashing Pumpkins. I like Sigur Ros. I like Lars Henkel. I like Joe Sorren. I like James Jean. I like Mumford & sons. I like Josh Garrels. I like Marshal Arisman. I like Quixotic. I like Renan Ozturk. I like Zoe Keating. Okay thats a lie. I LOVE Zoe Keating.


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