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

Hi Jared, how does your business help the community?
I am an artist. I think about how my work might have an impact. My portraiture documents those influencing our society and culture. My current body of work is largely focused on communities who are marginalized, unrecognized or misrepresented. The work is also a statement on censorship within media. How technology and social media have given unprecedented power and opportunity to individuals; enabling them to reach large audiences directly. Through portraiture, I document those influencing society through online culture.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There are no shortcuts with art. A day does not go by where I do not feel like I am just beginning. Creating art sometimes feels like walking alone at night in a dark forest. While that may sounds bleak and dark it is not necessarily a bad thing, but you do need to figure it out for yourself. From your subject matter, to the larger meaning along with the mastery of your craft and materials….the only way is through. Often people ask an artist, why did you do that? Some can give an answer while many cannot. I have no idea why I was drawn to do what I am doing now….it just is. The cliche of an artist being a vessel is often true…at least in my case.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m an outdoor person. I always have been. Perhaps this counters the long hours spent indoors alone in an art studio…I’m not sure. I also like to stay active and so activities are usually focused on something fun like surfing, hiking or snowboarding in the mountains in winter. LA has a lot to offer from that standpoint. Having moved to LA after 23 years in Manhattan, most of my time is spent by the ocean. If not in Venice, then Malibu or down in Laguna Beach were my family lives. I am sure everyone from the West side will call out the main hot-spots that everyone knows, but Ill give a shout-out to some smaller spots. Kustaa Cheese & Wine on Washington reminds me of some of the authentic Italian places I visited in Little Italy in NYC. Rainbow Acres on Washington is a great alternative to the larger organic food markets. Mar Vista especially has an incredibly farmers market on Sundays. For the artists, Hiromi paper on Jefferson carries the most incredible hand made Japanese papers and my favorite art store, along with their amazing staff, Artist and Craftsman Supply downtown in LA. It is so important to support small, local businesses…now more than ever.

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?
Those that I document through my portraiture deserve most of the praise. Rather than listing them here, you can see the work and link to all of the individual on my Instagram account @oilandcharcoal. Second to that are my collectors. Those that recognize the importance of documenting this moment in time and preserving the memories of those who have made an impact on their communities and the world at large. Of course friends and family…blah…blah…blah…the people who tell you the work is great, even though it is often not. All collectors of art are heroes for supporting the growth and preservation of culture! My Mom & Dad.

Website: https://www.oilandcharcoal.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oilandcharcoal/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oilandcharcoal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oilandcharcoal

Image Credits
I took all of the images. Each image is labelled with the subject to credit.

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