Hi there Joaquin! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us a bit about your life as an artist. What would you say you consider yourself as? Thank you for having me! I've always considered myself a painter.
What got you interested in painting? Exposure to nature as well as watching my mother and uncle draw and paint.
How long would you say you've been an artist? Since 11 years old, when I sold my first painting.
Wow! That's so cool! I'm sure that must have been a really great feeling.
How would you describe your subject matter? Finding the abstract in realism - the purgatory if you will, the human figure.
What themes seem to occur / reoccur in your work? Hmm...it would have to be the human figure.
I have a feeling I might know the answer to this next question, but what do you most enjoy working on? Ha ha yes i'm sure you do. I'd have to say the human figure. It's always fascinated me, so it's always been something i've enjoyed.
What research do you do? Live study, field work and draw, draw and draw...did I mention draw?
Describe a real life situation that inspired you. I see life as an inspirations episode. From diving, to sports, to the witnessing of real talented people perform all disciplines.
Name something you love and why? Classical music, because it separates man from his chemical environment into the Godliness.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? From the scriptures: Be still and know I am God.
What type of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have? Physical training, diet and prayer.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist? I've worked as an oil rig worker, lobster diver, and army soldier.
What's your most memorable piece? My next piece.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork? Hobbies include playing the guitar, and being involved in sports. I do have a pretty funny story actually. A while back I painted a portrait of a lady I had never met...then years later I saw her in Germany and I asked her about a portrait and she said she had one done but never knew who painted it. When I told her I was the artist she was shocked! Felt pretty good that I could recognize years later my subject matter in a different part of the world without ever having seen her.
Oh my gosh! The stars aligned for you at that moment...what an interesting story! Thank you for sharing that with us.
What do you read, listen to, or look at to fuel your work and find inspiration? I read books on biology, astronomy and scripture. I listen to jazz, classical and rock music. I also love to really observe nature and compare it to the human form.
Can you tell us about your process? I'd say I have many processes, it just depends on the subject matter. If it's realism, I use the old classical techniques of glazing. If it's abstract, I use a lot of impasto.
Do you have a motto? "What is madness? To have erroneous perceptions and reason correctly from them" - Voltaire
What three things never fail to bring you pleasure? The laughter of children, a good healthy meal and the love of my daughter.
What risks have you taken in your work, and what has been at stake? To a certain extent, every time you begin a piece you risk "failure" (though not really) and as long as no one dies, nothing is at stake. Maybe my pride.
Do you have a day job? What is it? What does it mean to you? My day job is as an artist. I have this luxury because I have a retirement pension from the Army.
Have you had to make sacrifices in order to live your life as an artist? Do you encounter misconceptions about that life or choice? If you love what you do, there's never a sacrifice.
What do you think is the function of art in society? Art is a barometer or thermostat on the climate of the society.
Do artists have a responsibility to do anything in particular? The artist has a responsibility to denote the hope, beauty, injustice and sacrifice or the human struggle.
Is there something you are working on at the moment that you wouldn't mind sharing with us? At this time nature and my faith is working in me for the next project.