We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephen Schubert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephen, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Well actually it’s a phrase, Kohan ni Shitagau, and in Japanese it means follow the request. This phrase is what design masters have done at the beginning of creating a Japanese garden design. It struck me as a great approach to life as well since it requires we quiet our minds and open to what is before us. It requires intense listening and I create my art with this wonderful principle as well
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am relentless as a problem solver and have always thought of myself as the lone weed along a desolate piece of concrete highway. I will always find a way which is to say I will always experiment, fail continually, and keep looking and listening for what to do next. My art specifically is mostly abstracts on birch panels created with spackle knife and anything from Home Depot
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well Covid has changed my answer to that but I would say I know lots of little places where people make great food and I’d start there like Cafe Figaro and of course drive along Mulholand Dr to the ocean. I cook very well so I’d insist on cocktail hr and great home cooking time maybe starting with a great shrimp cocktail and martinis. Griffith park drives with the top down on my car makes it all much for fun
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well all my artist friends who inspire me and anyone in my life who tells the truth to themselves and pursues inner work. One name in particular is my friend Elkanah Burns, a lawyer, actor ex-marine top gun fighter pilot who shared with me a solid piece of advice from the marines called the 7″p’s”. proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. I like that.