Saturday, April 9th
Interviewer’s Name Christopher Taulbee
Artist #1 Name James Haynes Location of Studio Pleasant Ridge, Ohio
How long have you had a studio? About 2 years
Why did you get a studio?
He uses the garage for his studio, he has had the house about two years and has been using half of the garage for his work space.
How do you financially support your artwork? (through sales, salary, grants, etc.)
Most of the materials he uses are from repurposed found objects or furniture so the cost of the materials are really cut down to paint, sandpaper, glue or any other random thing he needs. The local vendor he sells his work at charges a minimal fee for renting the space and everything else goes back into what he needs to survive and more material.
What are the problems you face in getting your artwork done?
Mostly the struggle is in finding the time to be alone with a high energy for making. He has a part time job as a delivery boy and he just bought a house with his wife so there is always something that need to be done to distract him from the work. Finding that time for him is really what its about because the feeling of creating something that is unique and could be hopefully equally enjoyed by someone else.
What do you do to market yourself as an artist?
He doesn’t really consider himself an artist, to him there are just too many presumptions that come with the label. He likes to best describe himself as a maker, whether he’s sketching crafting furniture, wooden toys, or other creating musical instruments he is just creating something enjoyable, for him thats enough. He hopes that this enjoyment will be spread through others experiencing his work and simply wanting one.
What type of person buys your art?
Middle class americans mostly,
What are your greatest challenges as an artist?
Two that are kind of one. Firstly he has the time to work enough to create a small income for his practice, and that in turn allows him the privilege of making it seem less to his wife that he’s just spending hours goofing off in the shed.
What are your greatest rewards as an artist?
The greatest enjoyment comes from the making. taking someone else garbage and making something beautiful out of it is how he measures his success.
What recommendations would you give to an artist who is just starting out?
To do the work. Getting all of the messing up and bad work out of the way is very important to finding what you’re about and what you want to create.