Today we’d like to introduce you to Garrett Goodwin.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been lucky to grow up in lovely San Diego with a family who has always supported me and my Art fascination. I went to just about every city college from Orange county to City college. I eventually fell in love with the Art facility at Palomar City college and then transferred and graduated from The University of Hawaii. I graduated with a bachelor in Studio Arts in 2009.
I am now a 35-year-old, full time artist who makes a living creating custom fabricated art. I build in a variety of mediums including: Wood, Metal, Ceramic, Concrete, Tile and Glass being my favorite of choice. I have had many opportunities come from my mentor Jim Hubbell. I have been working with Mr. Hubbell for 15 years now. He has helped develop my skills, artistic philosophy and confidence throughout my career. I am now a part of The Pacific Rim Park organization where we design/build/create a park in a different country with architect students in 30 days. This is an international Art project I am a very proud to be involved with. The ocean and the clouds inspire my day to day life. I am a free-thinking builder who chooses to listen to nature and the conversations that happen when things provide a challenge. I am happy to share with the rest of the world my experiences in Art and want to teach others to trust in themselves and not forget to surround yourself with extraordinary Humans.
Please tell us about your art.
My art is from a deep sense of mystical desires. I believe the world we live in should show the mystery of beauty and togetherness. I choose to believe that the materials are not so different. That’s why I love to connect my hand, mind and spirit to these variable experiences. I work in construction part time. I use this time as an opportunity to develop a conversation with contractors/architects/clients. I am trying to get people to consider trying new ideas with regular building materials. I have learned that choosing to do something unique can truly change people’s lives.
I do metal fabrication mostly for creating infrastructures for my glass and tile mosaics. I love hand forging metal from fire. I shape, cut, carve and fiberglass foam to make other sculptures. I use Ceramics to melt my glass in and to conceptualize my formulation of ideas.
I built my own glass melting furnace so I can experiment with different types of glass. I make my Glass these days mostly by doing blown, sculpted and hot fused glass. I make large and small fused glass windows. I make different lighting projects and experimental designs with recycled glass materials. I do small scale art and large-scale sculpture. I find excitement making models for these larger pieces. I find much joy in the journey I call the “Process”. It’s the mystery between starting and finishing and what we learn along the way that makes Art so fascinating.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
If we learn how to believe in ourselves and to trust others around us. We can become a harmonious civilization. Always remember whether you are a doctor or lawyer doesn’t make you any better than if you were a trash man or a janitor. We are all people that deserve the same basic needs. Health, Love, Happiness
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a permanent pedestal at the point Loma assembly building in shelter island. I have public parks in Jeju island, South Korea. Kaushung City, Taiwan. and Yanti, China. (pacific rim parks) I have built and designed in San Diego: The Manzanita Gathering place, Logan heights, The A.R.T.S outdoor facility in national city. Hilltop Elementary outdoor nature classroom in chula vista.
- Address: 4524 4524 Leon St, Ca SD 92107
- Website: goodwincreations.com
- Phone: 619 313 3011
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: garrettcruzzing
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