Q “Are these all local artists?”
A “They are all local somewhere.”
Richard Chandler Hoff
Here is a short interview...
Q: Did you begin drawing at a very young age? To draw with graphite in such detail is no simple task and indicates you have years of experience.
A: I began drawing as soon as I could pick up a pencil. My work became more satisfying when I was introduced to the principles of perspective. Until then my drawings lacked depth and realism. Perspective opened up a magical realm to me. Using it I could more accurately depict the world around me. Drawing is the most immediate medium. I have been making serious drawings for 40+ years.
Q: How many hours of research go into each work? Your work not only is highly technically proficient, but also is very historically accurate, which shows that you must be a dedicated historian in many ways.
A: Obviously research is very important to my work. In my finished drawings the elements are culled from many sources to comprise a scene that doesn’t exist. The amount of research is relative to the complexity of the work. I tend to over research and often about a third is not used. Even small, seemingly unimportant elements contribute to the visual richness of a composition. I try to be historically accurate to the 1940s. Since I depict ordinary events, It is difficult to point to a precise year. Generally speaking my work is centered in 1946 to 49, immediately post World II. A side benefit of research is learning fascinating things about this era. I am often requested to give lectures of life on the “Homefront” during World War II.
Q: Where do you collect the images for your drawings from?
A: I have a large photo file of pictures cut from old magazines and a 3000 book research library. The downside of a large book collection is remembering which book the desired photo is in. Thanks to the internet I can research specific elements more efficiently.
Q: In your book Inventing History; Cherished Memories of Good Times That Never Happened witch each featured piece you include a small narrative explaining the story you have built behind the picture – do you compose these stories before you begin the drawing, or after the work is completed?
A: Many of my drawings are partly autobiographical. However I use non family members as characters. Some works are just depictions of random events.
Q: Is story-telling an integral part of your artistic practice? And if so, what caused this to become part of your method of creativity?
A: Story-telling is an integral part of all my work. Sometimes the concept for a drawing is built around a predetermined story. Other times the story emerges as the drawing evolves. I always hope people will take the time to read the title cards. I believe titles are important to the presentation and I strive to make them thought provoking and evocative. Many of my drawings are based on stories told to me by my parents. Tales of their falling in love, getting married, and my father going to fight in World War II. I am perpetuating these family legends by creating visual folktales for future generations.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: I have two favorite artists: Edward Hopper and Peter Milton. Hopper had a wonderful way of using light and architecture to depict emotions. One can almost feel the warmth of the sun in his works. Peter Milton is an artist who was diagnosed with color blindness while studying art. He subsequently focused his attention on producing black and white drawings and prints. He creates intricate and beautiful works that demonstrate the power of black and white pieces.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Artistic or otherwise?
A: The best advice I received was: Produce art that first interests me and is a joy to create. If you love your art, others will too. Don’t follow trends. Be a leader, not a follower. Create a consistent body of work; put together an impressive marketing package and take advantage of every opportunity presenting itself.
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