Where ART Lives Magazine Volume 4 Number 4 - Page 36

Bob Coonts What is your first memory of creating art? I remember a drawing with crayons of some Mexican Cowboys that I did when I was in third grade. I had seen the image in a magazine and I tried copying it. In my mind I think that I remember it as a pretty good painting. Probably was not nearly as good as I think that it was. My mother threw it away because she didn’t like clutter. I asked her a few years before she passed why she didn’t keep any of my art. She said if she had known that I was going to be an artist, that she would have. Was not quite the answer that I wanted. Do you have a favorite piece that you have created? What makes it special to you? I did a large painting of two of my stylized, straight legged horses. It was 60”h x 72”w. I titled it “Night and Day”. I borrowed the title from the Night and Day sculpture that Michelangelo did for the Medici Family and is housed in the Medici Chapel in Florence Italy. He did this in 1531. I enjoyed seeing this and remembered the title and thought that it fit for my horses. Do you have a favorite artist that you admire or that inspires you? I have many but my most favorite would be Gustav Klimt from Vienna Austria. He died in 1918. I love the color, the shapes, the inventiveness and really all aspects of his work. A few other art- ists tho that I really favor are the fauvists, primarily Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. Of course I have to say Picasso and Van Gogh. Modern day artists would be Chuck Close, Dan McCaw, Mark English and Brad Holland. What do you listen to when you paint? I listen to the Blues primarily. Most often, I am not listening to anything. I become so lost in thought that even when I have music on, I am rarely listening to the music or words. It is just in the background. I day dream way to much! What tool in your studio could you not live without? A sketch pad would be tough for me to do without. I do thumbnails and sketchs all the FR@6VV2FRfRff&FR7V&V7BGFW#fW"FRג&VfW'&VBvR2&VVFR'6R&&&ǒFFW&R&VWFgV&vRVVvB7&VGW&W2BFVFffW&VBv27GƗVB7Fǒ'WBfRV&VB6F@BFW6( B&VǒGFW"vBBVbB3`&&6G26