An Interview with EBSQ Artist Steven King

How long have you been creating?

I believe all people begin creating the moment they gain the motor skills needed to make a deliberate mark. I`ve never met a child who didn`t enjoy drawing, painting, sculpting, or crafting in general. Most of us stop creating as we age because life seems to get in the way of creative pursuit while a few of us can`t ever seem to stop so we find a way to make the time.

What’s your media of choice?

I work primarily with acrylic paint on canvas but I swear I`m going to seriously crack open those oils I`ve been staring at in my studio.

What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?

My “real” job is being a chef. I get to create every day in a medium you can eat AND get paid for it. Is that crazy or what?

My daughter also seems to statisfy my creative urges by living vicariously through her creations.She spends a great deal of time beside me in my studio and has since she could walk. Every artistic accolade or award she achieves fills me with as much satisfaction as if it were mine.

What are your motivations for creating?

This is a difficult question. Why do I do this? It certainly isn`t the money. It can`t be a quest for inner peace.(The portrait on my easel right now has been driving me mad for the past 4 days.)

It is those rare moments when I get it right. When I get the idea or image in my head onto the canvas in the exact form I envisioned.

Nirvana, absolute exctasy, it`s better than sex.

I may go months without it happening but every once in a while when a piece is nearing completion the little voice in my head screams out “You did it!” and I beat the little voice back down until I`ve good and truly finished because until I`ve signed it I`m talinwood no chances with my own emotions like that.

I paint to achieve that feeling of absolute satisfaction. I`m in constant pursuit of that feeling.

[read more at Steven’s portfolio]

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