We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Pisula and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, why did you pursue a creative career?

I have been creating in one medium or another for my whole life. But hadn’t found the right vehicle to feel like immersing myself in art made sense. Once my skills with wood grew and my tool sets expanded, I couldn’t stop making. It still took several years to share my work with the public and become a commercial artist. After my first show, the feeling of sharing something so personal with the world was amazing. I knew this is what I wanted a major part of my life going forward to be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

My work is heavy with geometry, repetition, and layers. This is what is beautiful to my eye. What’s unique is the amount of detail that goes into each piece and layer. Also that my work is almost entirely built of wood. Nothing is easy. I’ve worked hard to improve in my craft. But the hardest challenge is pushing visibility. The business /promotional side of art can be very draining. The secret is to keep working, keep creating. Most of all, I need to feel excitement and enjoy the process of making my art or I’m missing the point of why I choose to do this.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Since it’s October, the best pop up event possible is Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan. Comedians announcing Luchadors, interspersed with Burlesque dancers. As quirky and genius as it gets. Loads of art venues and small shows. Check out Chocolate and Art when you can. Korean BBQ in K-Town before a show at the Wiltern. Cana Rum Bar. I mean, rum. Wurstkuche sausage house. Exotic combo sausages, great German beer, truffle fries eaten on farmhouse tables. Shop on Melrose. Eat at Melrose Umbrella Company. Love the style, love the cocktails, and had the best summer squash salad I’ve ever known.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

My family. Life is full when working full time, raising a rad daughter, and maintaining a true connection to my wife. Without their support, feedback, and constant encouragement to get in the shop and make whenever inspiration hits, I’d never make a thing.

Website: www.vagabondcarving.com
Instagram: @vagabondcarving
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vagabondcarving

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