“In The Spot Light“ by Dan Pyle was selected as “Third Place Winner” of July Show. Here is our short intreview with the artist.
1. How did you start creating art?
I started drawing as a child & always enjoyed creating things. Over the years through school, I tried pencil, watercolor, acrylic, oil, sculpting & charcoal. I found charcoal to be the one that worked for me the best. I kept drawing & entered art shows & art fairs, but in the early 2000’s I decided I wanted to be in real galleries. That is when I really became focused on my work & started producing a better quality of work. It kept evolving from there.
2. Please tell us a bit about the artwork that was selected as a third place winner (style, technique, your inspiration etc).
I am inspired by many things, such as human figures, old cars, anything old, tarnished, distressed & vintage. I love contrast & shadows & have been inspired by black & white photos. I started taking my own photos to work from whenever possible & have occasionally worked from photos by photographers that have given me permission to use them. The drawing I submitted to this competition, “In The Spot Light” was taken by Gil Cortez. I saw it on Facebook & loved the shadows & contacted him & his model asking permission to use the photo.
3. What quarantine has meant to you? Was it difficult to work in isolation and what effect this unprecedented time had on your work and creativity?
4. What do you think about trends in contemporary art?
5. Please tell us a bit about your current work and some future projects.