We had the good fortune of connecting with Arthur Norcome and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arthur, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The simple answer is that I am miserable if I am not actively creating something. I have always gravitated toward creative activities. As a kid, I gave my drawings to the bullies so they would leave me alone. I only mention that to highlight my first conscious understanding of art’s power on the world. Watching others experience my art for the first time is still my favorite part of the process.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Earlier in my art journey, I was an illustrator. I created logos and spot illustrations. At some point, I realized I needed my painting skill to catch up to my draftsmanship. I didn’t want to do more watercolor swatches and color tests because they always bored me. I had the great idea to create abstract paintings that would be both lessons and hopefully beautiful. I did not know that decision would change my path in the way that it did. Being an abstract watercolor artist is somewhat rare. My abstract paintings are an exploration of control versus chaos. I use watercolors’ natural luminosity and pair bold strokes with blocks of color to produce a structure that counterbalances the mediums’ desire to run free.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The trolly is a fun way to see San Francisco from multiple vantage points ending in a trip to Ghiradelli square and a walk down the pier. The must-hit food places are: Tossed in Berkeley, Bowld in Albany, and Morimoto’s in Napa. If my friend was a wine drinker, a day in Napa or Sonoma is a must. I would also take them to one of the bazillion farmers’ markets to enjoy the fruits and vegetables.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My art story always starts with my cousin Anthony. He was my first art mentor.

The late Dugald Stermer helped me realize how much I enjoy watercolor as a medium.

Robert Hunt. A legendary artist, that is a better person, and always has an ear for a past student.

The Art of the African Diaspora annual showcase for existing and rewarding me with an artist family of mentors, peers, and mentees. Specifically, I would like to highlight Stephen Bruce, Raymond L. Haywood, Gene Dominique, Damon Powell, and Orlonda Uffre for having a profound impact on my growth as an artist.

The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency and the the books, “Getting Things Done”, “The 1 Thing”, “Atomic Habits” and “12 Week Year”, are the cornerstones of my production habits.

Of course my mom, wife, and family require a thanks for their constant support.

Website: www.norcome.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artnorcome/

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