We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Skillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Anxiety. I had a bit of a chaotic childhood and found my Mother’s craft room to be a safe space. I learned at a young age that I felt better when expressing myself in various creative ways. Creativity is a necessary way of life for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What set’s me apart is that I focus less on the technical details and more on the feeling, the connection. With photography, I often shoot with auto settings, as I am more concerned with my subject and the moment I want to capture. As a musician, I never learned scales on the guitar or how to read sheet music. With art in general, I refuse to hold myself to any sort of pre-defined ‘standard’ expectations. What is important to me is how it makes me feel.
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?
Definitely check out the West Bottoms. Tons of antiques and unique shops.
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is stellar, has beautiful art from all over the world.
Absolutely go down to 18th & Vine for a history lesson in Jazz!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mother, for supporting my creative exploration from a young age.
My Grandfather and Uncle for teaching me the art of photography.
My children for the unconditional love and support.