We had the good fortune of connecting with Wulfnight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wulfnight, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up creating mostly graphite drawings, and writing. My teachers always believed a creative career would and should be for me. My peers always told me I should be a tattoo artist, but I was mostly very shy and secretive when it came to my work. Other kids mostly caught a glimpse of what I was drawing over my shoulder, in my binder, or under the schoolwork I should have been working on in class. From probably age 17 through age 27 I barely touched art. After some drastic changes in my life I found art again and I started drawing, and began painting for the first time. I had been working full time as a suspension mechanic for 7 years and loved it but I felt like something was missing, and once art became a part of my life again I knew it was THAT something and that I could never again let it go. I wanted something more for my art than it just being a hobby for me. I wanted to share it with people even though it scared me to put myself out there. And I also wanted a side gig that could bring me happiness while providing an extra income. So that’s exactly what I did. I made an instagram account for my art and I made my first online shop in 2017!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
While I don’t have the largest following yet, I think I do have my own look or style that sets me apart from other artists due to a combination of things such as how I draw figures and anatomy, my color palette, my favorite repetitive themes and details, etc. The journey hasn’t always been easy but it’s 100% worth it. It may be such an obvious answer but patience and practice are key. I used to get very frustrated and angry when I first started painting. I put way too much pressure on myself to be better and to stay relevant. While consistency in not only creating but also posting new work is key to success and getting yourself out there, those things mean nothing and do nothing for you if you’re stressing yourself out. So, I learned that I can’t create with the intention to make money or have something to post, and when I start getting frustrated I need to just take a break and walk away for a little bit. Painting is now my whimsical little staycation into my own world. A lot of my work has to do with the Wild Woman archetype and the connection between woman and beast. I grew up with my pets being my first teachers and so I was very feral and odd, and as I got older I felt I had to suppress the seemingly darker and stranger parts of my personality to be a better person or to make other people feel more comfortable around me. But I now know that hiding yourself dims your spark. I’ve learned that nurturing your wild self, and balance between light and dark, inner and outer, spirit and ego are key to health and happiness and that’s what I want to teach others through my art.
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?
I live in LA so the highlight would be a night out on Sunset Strip to one of our famous concert venues and bars! And we have amazing food everywhere, restaurants, food trucks, micro breweries, you name it. 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?
There are so many but I’ll mention my best friend Kimmy Jamison who you just interviewed recently. We’ve been best friends for nearly 25 years and she’s always encouraged me to pursue art even when I didn’t believe in myself. She is an artist as well, and we’ve done some collaborations and put our differing artistic skills to optimal use together!