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

Hi Kris, what do you attribute your success to?
Customer service is number one. If my students don’t feel they are progressing I have failed them. I think it’s very important to understand our relationship. I like to be friendly but first they are a student paying for a service.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I teach art to pay the bills but the dream would be represented by a credible gallery. I don’t feel anything particular sets me apart from the painters I admire except the fact they are more talented. I really like the early American illustrators and painters from the late 1800’s. I try to take what I like from them but still look original. I don’t want to be the “next” (insert favorite artist here) I want to be Kris. I got where I am by practice. In my eyes I’m still nowhere though. The biggest lesson in the fine art world is don’t give up. You will have bad paintings, accept it and learn how to fix it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Tacos el Gordos would be where we eat. If your in San Diego you have to try the Mexican food! The beaches are kind of a cliche but if your not from here it’s kind of a must see. Eating Fiji frozen yogurt in Hillcrest on the suspension bridge would be fun. I’m not a drinker or a night out type of person so the best I can come up with there is Shout House in Gas Lamp.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big shoutout goes to my parents. They probably wanted me pro-sue an art career more so than I wanted it. They are both very proud of my work do that keeps me going. My wife Theresa is also a very big supporter. She wants me to stay at home and paint all day. We met through my work.

Website: Krisfinchart.com
Instagram: California Classical Art Studio
Linkedin: Na
Twitter: Na
Facebook: Kris Finch
Yelp: California Classical Art Studio
Youtube: Na

Image Credits
A picture of me and my Wife on Halloween Image by James Evans

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