I’m mostly known for my spray-paint art, but I’ve been creating art with other mediums since I was a wee little sprout. As a child, I never thought of art as a possible career, I just did it because I had a passion for it. I grew up in a small town, so there were no art galleries and no art scene existed. The idea of making a living through art never even seemed an option.
I didn’t start selling my art until I was traveling the country back in 2000, trying to find my place in the universe I guess. I quickly realized that the money I had saved for traveling was running out and I needed a means to support myself while on the road. It’s amazing how quickly money disappears on just gas, food and car insurance.
Seeing other travelers on the road playing music and selling jewelry for an income helped me to realize that I could sell my artwork. I started using spray paint because I was inspired by a guy named Gonzo who I came across in my travels. At the time, he was the first spray paint artist I had ever seen and I immediately fell in love with the medium and saw the potential of what I could do with it. That is how I got into using spray paint as a medium and how I started selling my work.
Being fairly confident in my art skills at the time, I taught myself how to paint with this medium. I was only able to watch Gonzo a few times before we parted ways, so I had to learn much from trial and error and come up with most of my own techniques (which is a good thing). Since then I’ve been learning, growing and evolving over the years. I traveled the U.S. for about 6 years, until I got married and had my son. Now I’m settled down in Arizona with 4 kids and a wonderful wife who is also an artist.
You can check out my wife’s unique artwork here – http://xandrissart.com/
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