Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Schaefer.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was raised in Silver Spring MD. Served for nine years in the Marines and Navy. I’ve been married for almost 20 years with three rockstar teenagers. My life was full and almost complete except I felt as though after all of these things, after all these years, that Art for me was in the past. Something I had loved doing was gone and past. I regretted this aspect of my life and finally two years ago began seriously perusing a career as a Visual artist. It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve never been happier. It all started in my garage (my studio). I began making aerial topographic pieces which quickly grew to deeper textured sculptures. I work in mixed media as a sculptor currently, but I have plans for the future to create other paintings and installation work. I don’t want to be tied down to any labels. I want to keep my work fluid and experimental.
Please tell us about your art.
I am currently working as a mixed media sculptural artist. I call myself more of a facilitator than an artist often times because I am working with industrial foam, and it does not always obey my guiding hands, it will do as it pleases (sometimes). My artwork is my vision of the seen and unseen world that we exist in. I want people to envision things that are internal or external, viral, subterranean, aquatic or topographical. My work is about things that even today we as humans don’t know that much about. I want my artwork to help people to look at things in different ways. People should know that I love creating art.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
“Just do it!” Don’t wait. No time is ever perfect.
Figure it out as you go. Work your butt off. Need time off from making art? No? Work harder.
Make lots of artwork. Then make more.
You think your artwork is awful? It is. Wreck it and start over on its ashes.
Push yourself hard. Listen to the voice in your head that says “STOP! It’s done!“ when working on a piece. The voice is always right.
Get out and meet other artists, go to lots and lots of shows. And by all means submit to lots of galleries and museums in your city, around the country and the world.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on social media on Facebook and Instagram @gregschaeferart I have a group exhibition on April 11th at Mesa College, and I have a group exhibition at LaPlaya Gallery in LaJolla September 20th.
- Website: gregschaeferart.weebly.com
- Phone: 619-729-3552
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @gregschaeferart
- Facebook: Greg Schaefer Art
Greg Schaefer Art