We had the good fortune of connecting with Elliott Nes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elliott, how do you think about risk?
I consider risk taking a requirement in both my life and career. What is there to gain if you’re not willing to try something new? I’d say somewhere between 75%-85% of my creations I’m trying something new that could ruin the whole thing – that’s how I feel I have the chance to get better. If I always made the same type of thing it would lose all interest in it. I think the same goes for life – if I’m not willing to go out and try something new, how will I ever grow and learn? So, to answer I really feel like I owe everything I’ve accomplished to being willing to take a risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of the growth my work has shown since I picked it up 10 years ago. And I’m proud that it is uniquely mine. My work is an amalgamation of inspiration I find in every corner – from street art and graffiti, to the city, to learning a new software or skill like Photoshop/InDesign. I think my desire to keep learning is what really pushes me forward. While I may not be painting and instead, for example, be learning web dev (new portfolio site coming soon) the art never leaves my mind. It’s always there, simmering in the back.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LOS ANGELES PRE COVID: (1) Downtown: Arts District Brewing (for a beer), ArtShare LA (for an art show), The Container Yard (to pick up 94 Montana spray paint and any other supplies), The Last Bookstore (for the history and the books), and Cole French Dip (for French Dips where Mickey Cohen used to eat). (2) Hollywood: Frolic Room (dive bar of historical significance), Good Times at Davey Waynes (70’s themed bar), Lono (for some tiki drinks) (3) Venice: For the crazies, skateboarders, and a novelty shirt (4) Mid Wilshire: Met Him At a Bar (best pasta around)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my wife Hillary! She’s my right hand woman when I’m outdoors painting, she’s a sounding board and audience to my work before anyone else, and she didn’t even look at me crazy when I started collecting scraps of paper to make color study collages during the C19 lockdowns. Also have to give shoutouts to my parents who always nurtured and supported my creative urges growing up which I can attribute my insatiable need to create to this day.