Interview with Joe Fenton
What other interests do you have that help influence your work and keep you motivated?
I listen to audio books while I work. I love music and films. There are many religious references in my work. Whether it's a Ganesh like character or a grinning Buddha, or a faint crucifix adorning a rooftop in the far distance. This might seem strange as I am not a religious person, although I am on a constant journey to find a spiritual solution to give meaning to my life. I’m not mocking religion by having references to it in my work; I have a deep desire to experience some of what it has to offer. When one strips away the politics of religion and the varied cultural differences and beliefs, I feel that they ultimately they all have the same spiritual goals. This subject matter is my biggest inspiration for my work.
Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?
I'm living my dream. 'Solitude' you can say was a dream project. I'm already planning my next large drawing!
Please tell us about your hobbies and average daily day?
I generally wake up around 5.30 am and then head out on my 15 minutes bike ride from home in Park Slope, Brooklyn to my art studio in Redhook, Brooklyn. I usually start work around 7.30 am. The mornings have proven to be my most productive time. Finding the balance between being in my studio and getting out more has always been a challenge for me. The studio usually wins.
Technique is important but it's not everything. There are many technically brilliant artists out there, but what is most important is your imagination. Your ideas combined with a unique style are what will draw people in. Be original, don't imitate everything else that is out there.
What advice you like to give the upcoming artists, how they can create beautiful illustrations?
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