Christopher Broy – paint brush in hand


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For Oahu (Hawaiian) artist Christopher Broy painting comes naturally. Maybe art classes and academia in general were not the best methods of learning for this self taught painter, still creativity courses his veins with conviction. With the support of friends, family and faith Chris lives life with paint brush in hand.

Trials - Acrylic and Aerosol on Broken Surfboard and Found Wood

Trials – Acrylic and Aerosol on Broken Surfboard and Found Wood

How did the creative bug first find you Christopher Broy?
As a kid I was really into skateboarding and comics, so I started drawing them. I really loved the art on skateboards and tried to copy every one I would see in Thrasher. Back then you could order decks from ads that would have all these decks lined up to choose and order by mail. I would look over all those and just start drawing my favorites.

Who have the been biggest supporters of your art?
For sure my wife and my family. My wife keeps me inspired and keeps pushing me to do more and better work. I have a few really good friends that have given me really great opportunities starting off as well.

Built 2 - Acrylic and Aerosol on Found Wood

Built 2 – Acrylic and Aerosol on Found Wood

Have you had any formal training? If so, how has this contributed to your artistic career?

I’ve only ever taken a couple of art or painting classes. For me it was a frustrating experience. As far as technique goes, it’s better for me to figure things out on my own or through other artists’ technique.

I’m not great within a structured academic environment. I tend to get lost easily. I don’t think that formal training is a bad thing, to be classically trained can be a great advantage, and generally speaking everyone that wants to become a serious artist should try that route initially. I would like to have a better grasp of art history and be able to study paintings with more educated eyes.

When you’re having a challenging day, what is the one thing you tell yourself or do to pick up the vibe?

To be completely honest prayer is a big thing for me. I know that’s probably not the cool answer but there you go.

I know that my creativity is a gift from God and if I’m not acknowledging that then things aren’t going to go right for me. Other than that, I just try to stay moving. If a certain part of a painting is really not going well I move on to a different part or to a completely different painting. Someone said something like, “inspiration finds you working”, and I’ve found that to be true.

Somewhere Under - Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas

Somewhere Under – Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas

Painting appears to be your favourite medium, what’s the appeal for you?
The best thing about painting is really the experience of it. The movement, and the emotion. There’s something about looking at a painting and being able to visualize the artist creating it. I love that. I love that I can go to a museum and see a painting and it comes to life. It’s very moving. I don’t get that from a drawing, sculpture or photograph.

If you could pick up any other talent and master it in 24 hours, what would you choose and why?
I’ve made a couple pieces of furniture and I have really enjoyed it. It really takes my mind off things and being able to use something you made, like a table, is really satisfying. I think mastering carpentry would be amazing.

Immersion - Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas and Found Wood

Immersion – Acrylic and Aerosol on Canvas and Found Wood

What creative goals have you set for 2015?
I’m trying to draw and sketch more. At least once a day. So far it’s been a great discipline for me. Other than that I would like to at least double the amount of work I finish from last year and line up more gallery shows. I haven’t really pushed that at all but I think it’s probably about time.

Anything else you would like to tell the YM readers?
Be nice. It goes a long way. Also, thank you for the support.

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