We had the good fortune of connecting with Grey Coutts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grey, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking has shaped and changed my entire life and career. Fear is very persistent in all of our lives and once we learn how to push through it and not worry about the outcome of our risk-taking, we discover our real talents and who we really are beyond the limitations of our minds. The biggest struggle I used to have when making art was actually starting the process. I would find myself just staring at the empty canvas, waiting for something to happen. Eventually, I learned, that starting the process of an abstract piece is usually a risk in itself. The main part of being an experimental abstract artist is the risk-taking factor. It’s about throwing paint on the canvas trusting your intuition and creative flow. To then react to the risk and create something conceptual.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All of my art is emotion-driven especially my abstract. I find that I’m creating my best work when I’m overwhelmed with thought and emotion, whether it be positive or negative.
I create with a mission to understand a deeper meaning within myself and my place in the universe. My art represents the inner workings of the soul and the journey of the individual through time and space. The use of vivid colors and intense markings mock the unseen energy and emotions surrounding us on a daily basis. I am able to express my emotions and others through paint.
Since the age of 17 creating has been a form of therapy for me. It has helped me through a lot of struggles and hardships. When others weren’t there, or I wanted to keep to myself, I had art. I was able to channel the energy I was feeling into my work and it felt good. It was a healthy form of release.
In my eyes, you have to go through struggles if you want to become successful. There are obstacles and people standing in your way at every turn and it’s your responsibility as a creative human who has self-respect to keep pushing forward. People will say and do anything they can to dim your light. Even though it’s extremely difficult to ignore them and look past their negative intentions you owe it to yourself to keep fighting.
The lessons that I’ve learned all really revolve around personal growth and self-respect. If you know who you are and what you’re capable of then you have an advantage. You can make deals more confidently turn down deals more confidently and overall people want to see that you’re passionate and confident about what you’re doing.
Another is to not let fear stop you from going after your goals and dreams. Jump headfirst into all of your projects and there are always youtube tutorials if you get stuck lol.
When people see my work I want them to feel something. Look at the colors look at the composition and really take it in. It’s more than just paint smeared on the white canvas. It is raw emotion that tells a story. All of the art I create holds a certain vibration and it is a blessing to get to share it with people every day.
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.
I would start by taking them to El Matador Beach In Malibu and then stopping at Point Dume beach on the way back. Everyone loves the Venice boardwalk so that is also a must.
I love getting drinks at Angel City Brewery downtown and exploring the arts district.
Also, my favorite vegan pizza place is Mohawk Bend in Silverlake.
Everyone who visits me is taken there!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My self-transformation started with a book called Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. This book really helped me understand how to use my mind for the better.
I wouldn’t be in an artistic career if I did not get a little nudge of support from my High school Art teacher Mrs. Hurley.
I was scared to hold a paintbrush but she gave me encouragement that I needed when I needed it.
Also, Shout out to all of the people in my life that have truly trusted my artistic vision. The creative field is full of some amazing people and some horrible people. I’ve met both. It just takes one person to see value in you and to give you an opportunity to shine and do what you do best.
One person who comes to mind on this topic is Musician DYLN (@iamdyln). Over the past three years, we have been able to explore a variety of mediums and let the creativity just flow. Our most recent collaboration scored us a Silver listing at the Berlin music video awards and we couldn’t be more excited about our hard work being recognized you can see the video at this link. QUIT TALKIN- _ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu5sGltmX84
Other: Design /Photography / Video: greycoutts.com
Portrait Photograph: Kristin Bucher