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Meet Dale Boyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dale Boyer.

Hi Dale, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Starting from no formal art education, I was first exposed to art in the form of graffiti. I spent lots of time on the street where local gangs used a beautiful script and large Old English letters in their tagging. I would take the trolley all over town to photograph writing on buildings, sidewalks, in storm drains, and other off-limits areas. In High School, I began practicing lettering in notebooks with calligraphy pens, cutting out stencils, and tagging.

My painting style has evolved many times over the years as a result of continuous experimentation, much of which has been directed by the supplies available to me during any given time. Two years ago, I decided I wanted to “become an artist” and share my art publicly. I adopted abstract painting and slowly became interested in the world of fine art. Now I am a gallery-represented artist, and will soon have my work displayed in public and common areas for the larger community to enjoy. Teaching myself to paint has been a long process, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so grateful for the warm support my audience has extended to me and my creations.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say it has been a smooth road, but it has certainly been rewarding. I really struggled with feeling like my art was never good enough, and I was terribly embarrassed to share it with anyone. I also am self-taught, so I have experimented with different painting styles and materials endlessly. Constantly pushing myself to experiment and share my processes publicly has been pretty emotionally taxing. Another big struggle has been finding the time, money, and space to work with. I have spent long periods of time working 12 hour days with my employers before coming home to practice painting. I pinch every penny possible throughout the week for art supplies, and I build all the panels I paint on during my weekends.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have done all kinds of work throughout the years, and I like to think I’m pretty versatile at this point. I started doing labor with my dad when I was in middle school, but my first job was in customer service. In 2016, I moved to Oakland and began working at a high-volume bakery called Firebrand Artisan Breads. My time at the bakery was amazing and really changed the way I think about scale, volume, and production. My production background is definitely reflected in my creative process and in how prolific my work is. I build all the wooden panels that I paint on, assembly style. I work on many paintings at a time by rotating one to dry while I move on to the next, just as you would if you were making multiple batches of dough or baked goods.

I never think of myself as being talented, but I think my ability to multitask without being overwhelmed generally sets me apart. It isn’t uncommon for me to be cooking, doing laundry, and painting all at the same time. I basically run in circles like a total dork. I am really proud of my growth as an artist this last year – I have dealt with quite a few difficult things I couldn’t have seen coming, but I have remained committed to painting nearly every single day.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have had so many wonderful mentors throughout the years and feel very blessed. I don’t want to name too many people and risk missing anyone, so I’ll keep this really short. My brother is my best friend on the planet, and I know he supports me in all my endeavors. My sister has specifically encouraged me to take on the role and responsibilities of an artist, and I’m so glad she has. Circling back to the bakery I worked at in Oakland, the owner was a great mentor to me. None of our interactions ever had anything to do with art, but his work ethic and the quality of his character continue to inspire me. Additionally, I have had hundreds of supporters, of course. Some like my Instagram posts, others DM me encouraging words. Each time someone purchases my art, it provides me with a special opportunity to reinvest and create something new. Thank you all so much. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you.

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