We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Krevolin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I couldn’t imagine sitting in a cubicle or office in a tie doing some stultifyingly boring work. I knew I had to carve out a life where I could be creative and happy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was trained in film school as a screenwriter and playwright but have always loved Art and painting. I was always scared to do it but when I turned 50, I decided to go for it. I took one art lesson and hated being told what to do, so I trained myself and put in my 10,000 hours to find my style and voice as a visual artist. As a screenwriter, you need a cast and crew and lots of money to bring your story to life, but as a painter, if you have a canvas and brush and some colors, you can do it all by yourself, so this was what drew me to the visual arts. And the chance to bring color and joy into people’s lives through my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m up in the mountains above LA these days, so I’d take them up to Mt. Pinos on my favorite trails. I’d also go to the poppy reserves if its in season to see the flowers which are spectacular. And of course, to the ocean to be one with the water.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As an artist, you work alone in a studio most of the time, so you have very little input from others and support. But when you start exhibiting work, you collectors can really be wonderful. So, I’d like to thank all my collectors (Lisa George, Alan Reznik, Jan Massari, AE Wasserman, Wally Duff, Michael Tomlinson, Katrina Wilson, Glenn Shepard, Nancy Cohen, Chris Madigan, Andree Oliver, Bob Ziccardi, Karen Weinstein, etc.) for encouraging me to keep going in this world which seems so hostile to the arts sometimes.