Andy Anh Ha’s canvas wall art makes a big impression. His use of bold colors, graphic flowers and colliding scapes turn his art pieces into centerpieces. We spoke to him recently to find out more about his creative process, including his impressive track record when it comes to selling what he creates.
Green Box: Do you have formal art training? If so, what and where?
Andy Anh Ha: I have a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Media Arts from the University of Tennessee.
GB: What medium do you mostly work in?
AAH: Mostly acrylics and oils.
GB: A lot of your fine art contains flowers. Do you have a favorite flower for your subject matter?
AAH: Lotus flowers, cherry blossoms and orchids. [When I choose subject matter], I think about what is important to my life. Those emotions will translate into creative energy on a canvas.
GB: Are you a full-time artist?
AAH: Yes, I am. I’ve been a full-time artist for the past seven years. After I graduated from college in 2004, I moved to LA and after a year of various jobs I garnered enough savings and courage to commit to a full-time career as an artist. My very first art show, I won first place in painting at the Beverly Hills art show. I knew then and there art was for me and I was going to go one hundred percent at it.
GB: What are the highs and lows of being a working artist?
AAH: The best part is waking up every day to a life of creating. As for the lows, nothing at all. The only complaint I’ve heard about being an artist is inspiring yourself to do your “job.” But to me, it’s fun. It helps when every painting you’ve made has been sold!
GB: That’s impressive! Still, creating art full-time requires a lot of inspiration. What inspires your art?
AAH: I am always pushing my creativity to make something no one has seen. Originality is a big inspiration for me.
GB: Do you ever get “artist’s block?”
AAH: Rarely. I’m always creating something, whether it’s landscaping my yard, remodeling my kitchen or making music. It’s all an art form. Designing is key to keeping me going.
GB: What advice would you give to children or young people who want to become artists?
AAH: Believe in yourself and take criticism lightly but subjectively.
GB: Do you have a favorite artist?
AAH: Basquiat, because of his personality. His desire was to create what he felt was beautiful and didn’t stray from being different.
GB: When decorating a room, do you choose the art based on everything else in the room or everything else in the room based on the art?
AAH: Both. I believe art and decor should go hand in hand. Meaning that your style is reflected through both, so your art and decorations will come naturally and look harmonious.
GB: Complete this sentence: [Blank] stifles my creativity.
GB: What’s the most recent youtube video you watched?
AAH: That’s a great question! The “I Am Bruce Lee” official trailer.
GB: What advice would you give the you of ten years ago?
AAH: Finish college already and get an early start on your art career!
GB: Complete this sentence: I really shouldn’t, but I…
AAH: …want another soda.
GB: Would you want to trade places with your pet if you could?
AAH: Most definitely. My dog Knox lives a stress-free life. The only time he seems upset is when the postal worker delivers the mail.
GB: If you could invent a flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
AAH: Raspberry Tea, Lemonade and Sprite in a waffle cone. I’d call it Sprite Rasmonade Cone.
Go take a look at Andy Anh Ha’s GreenBox Art Collection