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

Hi Michael Andrew, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Part of it is about the freedom of being able to communicate my ideas , and the things I want to see,with paint and without words. Part of it is just the fact that once the decision of what I will paint is made, and the composition worked out, I go into a mental and physical zone during the process of painting which is my most natural state of being.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most excited about my recent work of the last couple years. I am now using the technical abilities I have developed from past series of work to readdress some of the earliest themes in my art. Early surrealistic visions and impulses are being revisited with objective authority derived from years of observation and practice. I have gone through evolutions in my work, traveled down different paths, but always have relied on observation to communicate to the viewer my intention. I paint what I want to paint, but always I am aware of giving the viewer enough information that they will be able to make these visions, however esoteric, their own.
It has been a long road to get to where I am now. I always had the creative imagination to put down in paint on paper or canvas what I desired. There were times that my resolve was tested by competitors who stole ideas and by the unregulated nature of the art business itself. In the end I have no choice but to persevere through such difficulties, which are unfortunately, not uncommon in any business.
The challenge and joy of a blank canvas is what drives me to always try to take the work to another level. I will never be a cookie cutter artist, and rest on past success. I approach every work as if it is a mystery to be solved with an answer that I do not know yet.

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?
We would have to stop downtown and get a french dip at Phillipe’s for starters. For drinks we would go south a bit to my favorite bar Seven Grand which has the largest whiskey selection west of the Mississippi. I’d want to take my friend to see some art, so hopefully my friends Jimmy Gleason and Andy Moses would have some work up at William Turner. They both are classic LA abstractionist finish fetish guys. Bergamot Station is still fun and we could amble over to Craig Krull’s space as well, he might have an F. Scott Hess hanging.
I would take my friend hiking in the hills above my studio in Altadena, If he (or she) could handle it. Did you know that the San Gabriel Mountains have the steepest grade in North America?
Finally no Los Angeles visit would be complete without a drive out to Nicholas Canyon in Malibu, followed by some fried clams at Neptune’s Net on the Ventura County Line.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many who have encouraged and supported me in my career. My parents who told me to never give up. My teachers and professors, Joanne Collins, John Foster, David Schorr, Jacqueline Gourevitch, James McGarrell, Hilary McMahon and Peter Marcus. Art Professionals Frank Coiro (Fathom Gallery), James Panozzo (launch LA), Samuel Freeman, and William Shearburn. Artist colleagues, Shane Guffogg and Leonard Mcgurr (aka Futura 2000). As for inspiration the most important work I have ever read was “Terra Nostra”, by Carlos Fuentes.

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Drew Carolan

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