This is a continuation of the Q&A series of interviews with artists and writers participating in the Pendaries Art League 16th Annual Art Show, to be held July 6 – 7, with an opening reception on July 5. There will be a robust body of work by talented creative spirits. Consider it Christmas shopping in July for a unique gift for yourself or someone special in your life. And you will be supporting the arts in the best possible way, by purchasing something created with love and dedication.
From the artist’s website: When people find out I’m an artist they many times ask me what I like to paint. I never know how to answer since I paint what catches my eye or what I like. I saw this old truck in a field and thought it had a lot of character. Think of all the stories it could tell. So I took a photo and painted it. – Chuck Wallace
Chuck is a prolific artist who captures a variety of subjects. His website has a small sampling of his colorful and diverse work.
Q. What art medium do you work in?
A. Watercolor painting
Q. Why that medium?
A. I love the spontaneity and unpredictability of watercolor paint along with how clear the colors can be. I also love the ability to layer colors for affect.
Q. What inspires you?
A. I can be inspired by many different subjects. I’m drawn to the dramatic and/or different perspective of a subject. Color inspires me when it is used in the right way. The paintings of other artists, which stop me in my tracks are usually those which have a dramatic or unusual perspective, include high contrast and beautiful colors.
Q. What is your preferred work environment?
A. My studio with some good music playing. I also love being outdoors and I’m just beginning to do more plein air painting.
Q. Who do you most admire and in what ways were you influenced by the individual?
A. Definitely John Singer Sargent. I’ve always loved his watercolors and a few years ago was able to see 30 or more of his paintings in person. I was mesmerized by his use of color and how he could seemingly with little effort make one brush stroke that made an object or subject pop off the page. His compositions were amazing. I would have loved to watch him paint.
Q. What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as an artist?
A. I believe beauty is something our culture has lost as a value that each human being needs to survive. When God created the world he could have made it gray, white and black, but he chose to make it incredibly beautiful and full of color. I believe this is because he highly values beauty. It is something we all need. I’d like to think that in a small way my paintings when hung in someone’s home can encourage, inspire, and refresh someone. I’d also like people to know that I have a very personal and deep relationship with God from which I draw inspiration. God is the most creative being in the universe and I’d like to think that in some small way a very small fraction of that creativity makes it’s way into my paintings.
Q. Other than this show, where can you work be purchased?
A. Anyone can go to my website to view other paintings and then contact me if interested in purchasing a piece.
Q. Is this your first year as a P.A.L. participant and what appeals to you about being in this show?
A. This is my second year to be in the show. Last year it was great to meet the people who came through the show and get to visit with them. I also enjoyed getting to know some of the other artists who were in the show. We own a home in Pendaries and so that makes it easy to come to and be in this show.
Q. What is your one-line invitation to the Pendaries Art League show?
A. For a smaller show, compared to some of the large ones, there is a wide variety of artists to see and it is a very friendly atmosphere.
You are invited:
1 Lodge Rd, Rociada, NM
Pendaries Art League Show
Friday, July 5, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 6, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm