ABOUT FACE FROM CHILDHOOD “CAVE PAINTINGS” TO MODERN MASTERPIECES, NICK WARD IS CHANGING THE FACE OF THE BOSTON ART SCENE. Interview by NICOLE BECHARD
Name: Nick Ward Age: 29 Where you're from: Battle Ground Washington Where you live now: Boston What you do: Paint pictures, graphic design, work with musicians or help people save energy, depends on the day of the week. Education credentials: (did you go to school?): … Alright then, let's start at the beginning: How did you first become interested in painting (or art in general)? Well, when you are a kid you are overflowing with imagination and creative energy. You come up with stories and color with your crayons on the walls or whatever. I always remember drawing on the walls of big storm drainpipes with wild blackberries that grew at the entrance. Drainpipes with blackberries? Where did that come from? The pipes were fun to climb in, the blackberries grew right there and the juice made a nice stain on whatever it touched, so…I mean, I was a kid, I would have found a way to turn anything into an interesting game. This perfect “cave painting” setup just happened to be nearby. In any case, eventually you grow up and the world beats that out of you. Fortunately for me, I never quite got around to that last part and just kept creating, except now I have a few more years of experience to pull from so the drawings get more advanced. What gets you "in the mood" (to paint that is)? That is a tough question because it really changes day to day and minute to minute. Really, I have found that I have to stop waiting to be in the mood and just start painting. It is always tough to get started, but once I get a little momentum and start enjoying what is happening on the canvas I won’t want to stop working. So I guess painting puts me in the mood to paint, it also puts me “in the mood”…for some reason. Ahh I see. And what was the mood like today? Today was full of distractions and low energy. Bad day for painting so I have been working on some design projects instead. Continued on the following page
Published on Jul 21, 2010
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