We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin McCants and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, why did you pursue a creative career?
Create is my life’ passion! I’ve been on this path since the age of Six, when my interest in drawing and painting began. As a child, my parents allowed me all the tools I’d need to pursue my artistic goals. Be it Painting, drawing or any creative endeavor, I undertook, I was put in an environment where I could thrive. This only fueled my passion for Art and creating art. This opened the doors to all manner of creative fields, where I could not only express myself, but develop the skills to help others thrive as I have.
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.
As an artist, I love taking an abstract idea, or a thought that lingers, or maybe a concept that may drone on and on in my head and turn them into a series of paintings. I’m trained in all the artistic disciplines, Drawing, Painting, Tonal proficiency, Color Theory, Architectural Drawing, and so on, as well as in various mediums: Oils, Watercolor, Charcoal, again and so on.
But the last few series of paintings that I have created have been a combination of all my favorite subjects. I’ve worked on reflection paintings, usually generated from storefront fashion windows or are fashion based thematically, with an Architectural backdrop. You see I take an image that exists in a larger, more complex image and when it strikes the right chord with me I paint it. I will then do Ten or more Paintings based on those smaller images. Sometimes the image presents itself immediately more often than not it does not. Not all of the paintings in these series are created the same way or are thematically the same. Sometimes an image strikes me as beautiful and it must be painted.
With Reflection paintings I often explore different painting techniques, such as glazing to create translucent layers of paint. Washes I use to create softer, more nuanced layers, or both if the Painting calls for it. There are times when a good ole oil sketchy painting happens and you just go with it.
I’m so proud of the work I’ve created. All of my paintings hold a special place in my soul because I created them from a place of love and truth. As many have found out and many continue to find out, being a painter is hard work. I paint because there is nothing else I’d rather do.Believe me I’ve done lots of things that brought excitement, joy, travel, etc., but nothing makes me happier than creating a painting that has never existed before. A work born out of love, passion, angst, skill, desire and a deeply rooted need to see it through to completion. Truth is it’s not challenging when you love it, There will be hick-ups, maybe a few puddles here and there, but I have a saying “Creativity comes in spurts. Sometimes it’s beautiful, other times it hurts”
So I guess the lesson I’d like to leave you with is, that one should honestly do what they love. More importantly, when you do what you do. Be honest! When you create, create honestly. Find what it is that makes you happy in, around, through and about your create, embrace it, stay positive and go for it.
My work is my story. It’s how I see the world.
In addition, I’m having a Solo Art Exhibition at the.
Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery
1100 W Clark Ave
Burbank, California 91506
It will feature more than Fifty of my works.
Including my Reflection Series’:
B.G. Punk paintings, Humanity Interrupted and Mannequin Portraits.
Included in the show, alongside my award winning paintings, will be other works and sketches that have filled the gaps between each series. I will also be expanding on the Reflection theme with a NEW, NEVER BEFORE SEEN SERIES of paintings.
The date for the show. OCTOBER 7, 2022 – OCTOBER 27, 2022.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay this is good.
Day 1. Getty Museum all day
Day 2. Norton Simon Museum all day
Day 3 LACMA all day
Day 4 Academy Museum all day
Day 5 Broad all day
Day 6 Huntington all day
Day 7 Aeirloom Restaurant Toluca Lake CA Brunch
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to my family, especially my parents and wife Karen. My parents never discourage me or my siblings from being the people we wanted to be. Ever!
There was never a time during my childhood when anyone in my family was told that we couldn’t do anything, try anything or explore and examine the things that held our interest. Everything we did was met with encouragement, optimism and support. When we were met with obstacles we were taught to handle them with dignity, tenacity and class. But never give up on what it is that you want. Go for it. I learned by watching my father read manuals about how things worked. He was a big believer in doing things for yourself. Learning something new and putting it to practical use. My mother was the most direct person I’ve ever known. She would encourage lovingly but would not tolerate excuses. Do what you say you are going to do, make an all out attempt to do it and do it well. I’m lucky that my wife Karen shares those same sentiments and traits.
Other: My teaching website where y https://gbamsoonoyeah.wixsite.com/kevin-mccants-artou view my students work