We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Braverman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
If you can stay inspired, keep going! I’d recommend doing whatever it takes to stay inspired, personally I read some, check out art online and sometimes just work until the art emerges and begins to inspire me. As an artist I continue my work because I simply don’t have a choice. I have been driven for roughly 25 years and I’m certain I have another 30 years or more of work to produce!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work explores my relationship with space, colors, lines and textures. I’m attracted to elementary shapes, lines, squares and circles.
Working with traditional and digital mediums, I stay busy creating and destroying using angles, lines both abstractly and representationally. When done well my work should grab you and make you feel nostalgic or happy, inspired or satisfied and it should always arouse the power of art… that momentary beauty found in a poetic glimpse of something that is reministic or evocative.
The challenges are there every day, for example staying disciplined enough to create the art and as importantly, promote the work.
I think the greatest lesson I’ve learned and the one that I would pass on is – create! Do whatever is necessary to find time to enjoy working on something that lets you express yourself.
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.
The itinerary would go something like this…
Day One: The Broad Museum and dinner at Guelaguetza in Koreatown.
Day Two: We head up the PCH and stop at Country Kitchen (in Malibu) for breakfast burritos – then it’s off to El Matador State Beach and a few other beaches in Malibu for some relaxation and swimming. Perhaps a hike in Malibu State Park or a similar spot. Drinks and probably dinner at the Barefoot Bar in Duke’s.
Day Three: I’d bring friends south of L.A. to Dana Point where we’d ride bikes or Kayak. When it was time to eat, we’d head to Newport to the Crab Cooker!
Other favorites, Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach and The Fig in the Fairmont Hotel!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my wife, Lindsay who finds creativity in her cooking – check out www.StarfishintheKitchen.com. Her love, support and encouragement means the world to me. My story can’t be told without her appreciation for my creative work. When I show her a new work, within a second her face tells me if it’s good or needs more work.
All Photos by Ron Braverman