Featured Artist Interview – Max DeHart

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Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc.
I primarily use acrylics when painting but try not to limit myself to one medium. In most of my paintings you can be sure to find a little bit of spray paint involved too. I feel like with my style of painting, acrylic is a lot more forgiving of mistakes and I can stack layers faster without having to wait on dry time. Most of my paintings are nature inspired or themed consisting of some sort of landscape and/or an inhabitant(animal) of that environment.
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What are your biggest challenges in creating art?
Time. Living in the Bay Area has so many benefits but also comes with a huge financial burden. I would absolutely love to commit to doing art full time however I just haven’t found a way to supplement the income of a full time job yet. Working 40+ hours a week definitely helps put food on the table but it also doesn’t leave much time for life’s responsibilities, relationships, rest, and then, art.

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What is a day of working like in your studio/creative space?  Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
I normally make it to the studio after an 8 hour day at work so I spend the first 30 minutes just settling in, doing some light cleaning, checking my email or even just sitting thinking about what needs to be done. I normally have about 3 hours at a time to spend at the studio so I try to get things going right off the bat but I’ve found that just giving myself 30 minutes of time to mentally switch gears is extremely beneficial.

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When you are in need of inspiration are there particular things you read, listen to, look at or do to help find that idea or fuel your work?
From an early age I’ve always loved to camp and be outdoors. Even now I find myself looking for a day here and there to just up and leave to a local camping spot even if its just for a night. I feel like disconnecting from the city life really helps me keep my sanity and add fuel to the inspirational fire. When I am actually at the studio I tend to listen to a chill-hop instrumental or something the keeps a mellow steady beat for a long period of time. It’s really important to me to have a pretty peaceful vibe going on so I can enjoy the time working in the studio.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I tend to get a pretty surprised reaction when I tell people I didn’t really start painting until I was around 21/22. It was a pretty slow start for me even at that age I just kind of painted random things for fun. Most people think that from an early age I must have been super into art but I actually was more digitally involved in graphics up until that age when I decided to work with a more tangible medium.

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What advice would you give others just beginning their creative careers?
Doesn’t matter what your objective is with art, I think the most important part is to enjoy the process. Have fun. Throw some paint. Let go of your fear of making mistakes. Make those mistakes on purpose! Learn from them and continue to learn. Lose your comfort zone and continue to experiment!

Max DeHart

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