We had the good fortune of connecting with Phil Anderson Blythe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phil Anderson, why did you pursue a creative career?
I come from a long line of laborers/worker bees. Something clicked inside my head at a young age to use art & music as a way to creatively communicate and release the build up in my brain as opposed to releasing it in a physical way. For me, painting & creating is a way of life. It comes naturally and with years of practice and commitment. I create for myself as a way to communicate the chaos in my head.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned being an artist is this: Make mistakes. They’re inevitable. Go through the process of practicing, failing, succeeding. It’s not an overnight achievement. Be yourself. Put yourself in your art. Focus on the art, don’t get caught up in trends or culture’s influence over society. It took me years to get to where I’m at today. Lots of fun, sadness, pain, neglect, and emotional ups and downs come with being an artist.
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.
If Los Angeles was the vacation spot, I would take them to the LA river, Elysian Park, Los Angeles Historical Park, the Broad, Explore downtown on our bikes, footsies bar, The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop in Lincoln Heights, my studio at the Brewery Artist Lofts, Highland Park Brewery In Chinatown, Burgers Never Say Die, Night+Market Song, simple things like that, I’m a creature of habit. I like staying on the East side of town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I appreciate all the people and family around me that bought me supplies as a kid and gave me a space to create. Without that, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I appreciate all the artists I’ve met along the way who’ve pushed me to be better and also held me up when I couldn’t hold myself up.
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