I love the creative process found everywhere in life. I am a prosperous artist. I am owner of DeMarco Studios where I have been featured in multiple exhibits across New York City, including East End Arts, Garrison Art Center, and Flinn Gallery in Greenwich. I love sharing my expertise, educating students from high school, to college level art courses, online workshops and beyond.
I deeply enjoy collaborating with public and private designers and stagers as a fine artist creating lush abstracts for their interiors. The natural born teacher in me loves educating through my own online studio art courses such as “Meditation Painting.” As an educator and business owner I am INSPIRED. I will create innovative courses and workshops that combine the healing ability of art creation with demonstrations of entrepreneurial skills.
1. What’s your medium of choice and what do you love about it?
I love acrylic paint. I love it because it dries fast. This works for me because inspiration and ideas come fast and are fickle, escaping me if I can’t capture them. The layering of strokes is like a (often heated) conversation for me. If I am interrupted by waiting time for the paint to dry then the flow is broken. When I am connected to inspiration there is a momentum that occurs in my action of painting. When I am in it, that miraculous outer body experience happens where I do not know what time it is or how long I have been painting. I live for that high.
2. What are you working on right now? What’s on your camera/desk/easel or in your studio?
I am working on new beginnings. Yes, you can apply the same creative state of productivity to digital work- to any work. I am remaking my website to feeeel more like who I am. I’ve changed dramatically in the past year and it’s a matter of style, perspective and goals. Visual aids online are extremely powerful and if they accurately can reflect you than that is the way it should be for me.
3. What practices/activities are most valuable to your creative process?
SOLITUDE and MUSIC I could say the music I play has an effect on how I perform but the truth is more the opposite. I choose the music based on the mood and energy I am already feeling about what needs to be created.
4. What’s one thing you want to share with others about your art and/or process?
It’s all on you. I used to love to share what each abstract work meant to me but I have moved past that point. I am happy to let the work go more in the sense and be used to represent and reflect whatever life experiences the view wants to attach to them. It becomes more of a trust between me and the audience, it becomes a sign of confidence that others’ perception have no relevance on who I am or how I should feel. It’s really symbolic for my new stage of life too.
5. What advice would you give to your young artist self?
Do not go to art school. My kids are 12 and 16 and I won’t pay for them to go for art school either. Gasping? Good. Let me explain how it is that I can preach such hypocritical blasphemy on the cult. Art school did not prepare me to support myself. The art world is a horrendous non idealic place of business that is more about marketing and branding than talent. If my children are creative and want to pursue the arts which means they and you are entrepreneurs. Artists are in business for themselves. My kids can major in business or entrepreneurship and learn the skills to be able to get their work in the world and support themselves. Art classes and mentorships can be found across the world by the best and it does not have to be at a university level. If you wanted the world’s best chocolate cake, would you deny yourself or it’s value because the baker did not go to culinary school rather spend his life perfecting his passion? If you are a writer, then write. If you are a painter, paint. This is what makes you great.
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