Local Artists

LOCAL ARTISTS

Q&A WITH THREE LOCAL ARTISTS WHOSE WORK IS ADDING COLOR TO THE WORLD


Jay Moore

jaymoorestudio.com
303-588-4152

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING
I had been drawing and working with clay since I was a five or six years old. I sold my drawings to classmates in elementary school for 25 cents. Then in High School my teachers would purchase my assignments from Art class. Straight out of High School, I attended the Art Institute of Colorado. To answer your question, I’ve been painting about 40 years.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART
My style is probably somewhere between Impressionism and Realism. The biggest influence on my style is from painting for five years exclusively, outdoors from life. Since the light changes you have to paint very directly and quickly.

WHERE IS THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOUR ART HAS BEEN DISPLAYED
My work has been displayed in a few art museums including the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. My paintings are in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum and Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs and the U.S. Capital in the office of a past Senator and Cabinet Member. Walmart Chairman Rob Walton and past rock and roll legend Joe Cocker also collected my work.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST
My favorite part about being an artist is to put everything you have into a painting that is very personal to you, and then have someone who you have never met, respond to it on that same deep personal level. Meeting the collectors is critical for me.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW ARTIST
My advice for young artists is paint every day, seek out the masters of your genre, and visit as many museums as you can to see the work in person. Set goals that stretch yourself and one day you might be hanging next to them.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST
My favorite artists are a small group of artists from Russia from 100 years ago called the “Itinerants.” They were well trained, stressed painting from life and painted like they didn’t need the money although most were very poor. Artists like Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin and Ilya Repin are at the top of the list.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU
Many of my peers have no other interests or hobbies, their whole life is their art. For me, Art is only a part of my life. I have a wife and two teenage boys and love to climb fourteeners, catch trophy trout on a fly rod, scuba dive, play golf, tennis and many other sports with them.


Tadashi Hayakawa

artworknetwork.com
303-475-8111

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING
I had been painting for 50 years.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART
My work is best described as abstract painting, not analytical, critical or conceptual, but emotional and spiritual.

WHERE IS THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOUR ART HAS BEEN DISPLAYED
International Art Festival, “Five Elements/One World,” at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, L.A., California in 2011.
I was one of the 6 featured artists in the exhibition.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST
Painting is just like breathing, without it, I would choke to death. Art also teaches me the importance of sincerity, humility, and imagination.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD GIVE TO A NEW ARTIST
1. Enjoy the process of creating without worrying about the outcome.
2. Imagination is more important than knowledge of techniques.
3. Always be sincere to yourself and express your feelings in your work, either in abstract or representational art.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS
Ms. Chiyomi Longo, Santa Rosa, CA
(www.chiyomilongo.com)
Ms. Carlene Francis, Denver, CO
(www.carlenefrances.net)

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU
I came the U.S.A. in 1961 as a foreign student in order to study “acting.” The only reason I became a painter was that my English was not good enough for acting.


Lorenzo Chavez

lorenzochavez.com
720-202-0757

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING
I have been painting as a professional artist since 1984. The first art gallery that represented my work was DeColores Art Gallery in the Cherry Creek Shopping district in Denver.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART
My style of painting leans towards impressionism/Naturalism.

WHERE IS THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOUR ART HAS BEEN DISPLAYED
My works have been exhibited in France and Spain. I also had some paintings that were on display at the Governor’s office in the State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado…and of course, my current art studio in the old School House on Mainstreet in Parker is pretty unique and interesting.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST
It is an ever evolving process of working and learning and being inspired.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD GIVE TO A NEW ARTIST
Start now…the sooner the better. Study art from professional artists of note whose works inspires you. Drawing capability is very important to one’s success and plan on a ten year time commitment before an art career can start having traction.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS
I was raised in New Mexico and was first inspired by the Taos Society of Artists. Later, it was the French and American Impressionists that really got me fired up. Now I am influenced by all types of art forms.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU
I love reading about, studying and visiting sites of the historical American West.

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