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

Hi Chuck, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Giving up is not an option when you choose to be a “practicing” fine artist. No one is over your shoulder guiding you most times ~ it’s just you, your subject, the narrative or story, and your paint and brushes. On the one hand, you will constantly hear “you should get a real job and create in your off hours.” If you settle for that, you’ve already lost. Art is a calling. You have no “real” choice and must create. Art is a tightly focused endeavor and can be a way to relate to the outside world. If you have little or nothing to comment about, your creation will communicate just as badly. So, find that common ground by choosing something you are interested in and share it in the belief that one other person may relate, and keep going.

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.
What sets me apart and excites me the most go hand-in-hand… It is the feeling of bringing an idea to life on paper, canvas, or wood, that touches someone deeply enough that they can’t get it out of their thoughts or need to bring it into their home. It may be the subject I’ve chosen, or a technique or material I’ve used to carry the message that makes it a success. The term “professional” means that you benefit financially from that effort and I depend on that link to another person essential in surviving as a Fine Artist. We call them collectors, and I have a few with more than one piece of my work; one loves Realism like you’ll find in my watercolor “The Art Critics”, another the abstraction of a tornado in acrylic on canvas titled “T-Storm” that measures ten feet by 24-inches and is made up of four detachable panels, giving them many options for hanging it in their home. You see, I am right and left brain and artwork must work with the spirit and in the practical realm.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Today, San Diego is closed down by the Pandemic, so that is a mute question. But let us imagine that the sun rises on a new day where the wind can blow unaffected, and I can hug a friend without thinking… Okay, I love sharing Sunset Cliffs, Balboa Park, maybe wandering through a Museum or one of the ever-vanishing antique stores in town like Vignettes in O.B. or Consignment Classics in Point Loma. I actually derive creative energy from the noise of stacked jewels and trinkets. However, I have to sell another painting in order to bring something home.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my ShoutOut to friends and artists at the San Diego Watercolor Society and other organizations that have gifted me with a sense of belonging and encouragement that is rare today. For 13 years, I have been an active SDWS Member and Volunteer along with nearly one hundred other Artist Members. I consider SDWS my home Gallery, a place that regularly displays the best in water-based artwork available globally. I create often with two artists whose art I admire greatly; Linda Mullen and Roberta Dyer. They have wildly different styles than mine, which translates into lively and highly productive “Review Sessions” that swirl in my psyche when deep in the creative process back at my studio.

Website: https://www.chuckmcphersonart.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chuck.mcpherson.39
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/cr8tveboy

Image Credits
Beached Caballero – photo reference used by permission of Linda Kennedy

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