Prepare to spread your Little Blue Bird wings and take flight into a colorful world of art created by The Mincing Mockingbird! Artist Matt Adrian shows his passionate love for nature with a collection of art that is truly rich in warmth and personality. As luck would have it, we had the esteemed pleasure of interviewing Matt for February’s Artist of the Month! Here’s what we chirped about:
GreenBox: Did you choose to be an artist or did art choose you?
Matt Adrian: Art chose me, but it insisted I work a bunch of different jobs before it would allow me to do it full time.
GB: Describe some key elements of your style or technique – you don’t have to give away any secrets!
MA: I paint birds almost exclusively, and the pieces tend to play with the composition of the canvas. I’ve got a real thing for negative space. I use acrylic, usually on birch panels.
GB: Do you generally use the same color pallet or do you vary your choices?
MA: There’s definitely a muted feel to my work, and I use a lot of grays, blues and greens. But there are some birds you cannot tone down, that’s for sure. It’s sometimes difficult for the paint to live up to the real-life intensity of color of the feathers.
GB: Tell us a little bit about your workspace.
MA: I share a studio with my wife, who is also a painter. She is very clean painter, while I splatter paint everywhere. We live on the central coast of California, so we have easy access to lots of hiking and wildlife, which makes for a good way to take a break from painting.
GB: Do you have any quirky artist characteristics like painting in your PJ’s or only eating pasta on the days you create?
MA: I recently retired a brush I had used on every painting I did in the last six years. I noticed painting without it shook up my mojo a little bit.
GB: iPhone or Android?
GB: Name one or two emotions you would like people to feel from viewing your art.
MA: I am very passionate about nature and its protection–I hope some of that passion comes through in the art. I hope people look at birds a little closer the next time they go outside–it’s like finding a complex, parallel world just outside your door.
GB: Where do you find your inspiration?
MA: Painting birds gives me a fantastic opportunity to travel, because anywhere in the world, there are birds. When I finish a painting, I have the satisfaction not only of the piece, but it reminds of the adventure I went on to find that bird. The new experiences, seeing new birds in the wild, nature, color – it’s all extremely inspiring to me.
GB: How long does it usually take to complete one of your pieces, or does it vary?
MA: It varies. Some birds are rendered more loosely, so the paintings where I paint every feather take much longer to complete. Those are usually the larger birds and larger paintings.
GB: If you had to choose another career what would it be?
MA: A writer of some sort. I guess I just want to be alone all day.
GB: Lastly, what are you having for dinner tonight?
MA: Some stuffed pork chops, I think. A salad. Ice cold Mexican Coke in a glass bottle.
Feel free to browse The Mincing Mockingbird’s GreenBox Art Collection