We had the good fortune of connecting with Xaque Gruber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xaque, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I have had an unconventional career. I began as an art teacher in the Massachusetts Public Schools before entering the world of TV production in Los Angeles. Then eventually working as a writer for television, film, magazines, books, news – you name it. And now I work as a fine artist (my original passion) as well as a film director and writer. I still teach around the country as well. I feel that keeping an open mind, being focused, but also patient, as well as treating people with kindness are all what has served me well in the successes that I have had.
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.
My primary medium as fine artist is watercolor paint as well as drawing. Drawing has been the foundation of everything I do from writing to teaching to directing film. Drawing was my first love. In fact as I write this, I want to go outside and draw. Landscapes have been my primary interest for the past 25 years, but I am very experimental with my subject matter and mediums. Fairy tales, nursery rhymes, fantasy fiction (Tolkein, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl) have all been instrumental in shaping my visual language and imagination. Being an artist for me is easy because it comes so naturally to me – like a duck in water. It was a calling from an early age. Left to my own devices, I am happy with making art, but it is the external world that is always the tricky part. hahaha! I navigate the world of art and film by attending festivals, museums, screenings and special events, and reading art & film blogs/magazines to bolster my knowledge and relationships, which are the key to growing as a businessperson in the creative marketplace.
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?
I am currently living in Maine. Portland, Maine is nearby and I love showing people this unique, historic and scenic area of the United States. Most Americans in their lifetime never see the state of Maine because it is so quietly tucked up into the northeastern corner – not on the way to any other state – and having no metropolis or major sports team. It is the state that time forgot. And it is extraordinary in its beauty. I would take them on a ferry ride into Portland’s Casco Bay to explore the islands there. I would take them through the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to explore the secret ancient roads of the waterfront. Depending on what kind of food they like, there is every kind of cuisine. Portland, Maine has the most restaurants per square mile of any city in this country. It is a food lovers dream place to visit. Then there is Lake Sebago, Maine’s deepest and most beautiful lake only about 40 minutes inland with magnificent nature trails to explore. They would want to return. Very clean air up here too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are SO MANY people who play a part in my success – let’s start with my parents. Both have been supportive and encouraging to me all my life. I feel so fortunate to have been born to parents who understood from the start that I was meant to be an artist. When I was a Senior in high school, and I dreamt of going to Art School, my father (a staunch businessman) asked me “which art school would you like to go to?” I will never forget that. He saw that all I wanted to do was draw and I was very good at it – and so he believed in me. When he was declining from Alzheimer’s disease many years later, I gave up my job and my life in Los Angeles to go to Florida and be his caregiver. What any good son would do for a parent who was so supportive.
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Other: I have written hundreds of articles for Huffington Post and would encourage people to go there and enter my name to find the pieces I have written archived.
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