Thane Gorek Interview June 13 2020, 0 Comments
1) What projects are you working on currently?
Currently, I'm working on some ambitious new oil paintings featuring Colorado landscapes. These are far more textured than anything I've done in the past so it's kind of a new direction for me. They've been a lot of fun to do.
2) Do you create every single day? What does your schedule typically look like?
I do try to paint every day, although sometimes I cheat on the weekends. On days when I'm not teaching, I work from 8 am until around 4. On teaching days, I have to paint at night - usually from 9 until midnight. My paintings are quite labor intensive, so I need to get in as many hours as I can.
3) Did you go to art school?
I studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. At the time I wanted to be an Illustrator, but my focus shifted to fine art after graduation. New York was a wonderful resource for a young artist.
4) Were you born an artist, or did you become one?
I'm not sure I was "born" an artist any more that anyone else. I have always loved to draw, however, and that blossomed into a love of art over time. I think becoming an artist is mostly about putting in the hours.
5) Do you have any hobbies outside of the art world?
Well, I'm really a bit boring. I love to read. I love to hike and be out in nature. I'm also a bit of a cinephile. Horror movies are kind of my thing.
6) Is there anything you want to share with aspiring artists?
I have always believed that hard work and perseverance are so much more important than "talent." So just put in the time and try not to get discouraged. Oh yeah, and have fun.