We had the good fortune of connecting with GREY COUTTS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GREY, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking has shaped and changed my entire life and career. Fear is very persistent in all of our lives and once we learn how to push through it and not worry about the outcome of our risk-taking, we discover our real talents and who we really are beyond the limitations of our minds. The biggest struggle I used to have when making art was actually starting the process. I would find myself just staring at the empty canvas, waiting for something to happen. Eventually, I learned, that starting the process of an abstract piece is usually a risk in itself. The main part of being an experimental abstract artist is the risk-taking factor. It’s about throwing paint on the canvas trusting your intuition and creative flow. To then react to the risk and create something conceptual.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey to creativity was mainly focused on self-confidence. Growing up with extreme social anxiety it was hard for me to express myself and feel confident in my daily life.
When I found art, it all changed.
What sets me apart from the rest is how I feel the art as it comes to me. I am able to channel the creative energy and simply react without much thought. The best example I have of this is my new series of “Energy Portraits”.
With the ‘Energy Portraits,” I am basically taking the energy and emotion that I am feeling from the person ( if they are present in the room) or I hold them in my mind when I am creating if they are not present. The message and color will unfold in itself all I need to do is trust my gut. In the end, we have an interpretation of them on the canvas and I can explain to them what it means and give them a reading of sorts.
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.
If a friend was in town I would: – Take them to Angel City Brewery In DTLA
– Take them to a We Found New Music Show in Hollywood
– Hit up Mohawk Bend for some delicious Vegan Pizza and beer.
– Take them to my Friend Dr. Robby Gordon’s “Hollywood Sculpture Garden” and watch them be amazed!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My self-transformation started with a book called Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. This book really helped me understand how to use my mind for the better. I had an out-of-body experience when I was buying it at the bookstore, It was wild. After this, I began to meditate and practice being present.
I have studied spirituality with my Spiritual Mentors Jordan Baine & Sonya Shelton for about 4-5 years now. With their guidance and knowledge, I have been able to push forward and look at life from a new perspective.
Most recently I have started studying Kabbalah. This has also helped change and evolve the way I live my life and deal with people on a daily basis.
All of this is intertwined with how I create because to me, painting and creativity is a form of freedom and expression.
The more I grow inward, the more beauty I can bring to the world.