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Artist Interview Roy E Vance

Catalyst and it is 36" x 36" mixed media on canvas
Catalyst and it is 36" x 36" mixed media on canvas
Roy E. Vance

What is your name: Roy E. Vance

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I have an Associate's degree in art.

What is your Style: Mixed media abstracts

What is the medium in which you work: Acrylic & mixed media/found objects, paper

What started you on your path as an artist: I went to school for art but found that most careers in Art do not pay very well. So I changed my career path to something more stable. In 2005, I decided to explore artwork again, but more as a hobby. I started showing my work around the DFW area and it has blossomed from there. It was nice to have a creative outlet (and the extra income was an added bonus!)

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life:
A creative outlet. Painting is something I really enjoy and look forward to doing in my free time. There are so many times I have used the canvas as a way to work out issues in my head, a way to relax...and it's cheaper than therapy. LOL.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: I don't think I can pick just one. I like Romanticism just as much as Surrealism but for different reasons. I can easily turn a trip to the museum into an all-day event (and happily suffering from "art-overload" by day's end.)

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like
: My work is on display (for sale) at 5 venues in the DFW area. I'm also part of the "Fresh Faces 2x2" show at the Bth House Cultural center. (The show runs through June 5th)

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: When I'm painting, you'll usually find me in baggy, paint splattered clothing. Shorts in the summer, sweatpants in winter.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Marketing myself and my work. I realize the art world is very much "who you know" and making an effort to network/socialize. So I've had to force myself to overcome my shyness if I ever hope to make it as an artist.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: At home: Peanut butter & jelly. At a restaurant: Ham & Swiss club sandwich with dill pickles on the side

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:
More experimentation with texture, color & mixed media. Typically I will create 5 or 6 paintings using new techniques...then I get bored and move into another direction.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: I have 3. William-Adolphe Bouguereau for his ability to paint the human body. Robert Rauschenburg for incorporating mixed media/found objects in his art. Salvador Dali for interpreting the subconscious through symbolism and metaphor.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: I was in my 20's when I first saw Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Francesco Cairo c. 1630 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota FL. It depicted a young widow who sneaks into the enemy's camp, gets the General drunk, decapitates him and that saves her village from invasion. She was strong and feminine and found the inner strength to do the save her village.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Maxwell, our spoiled Maltese. He likes anything as long as it means a car trip, a treat or tummy rub.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: Currently have 2 pieces at the Bath House Cultural Center until June 5th.

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