When asked how he got involved in art to begin with he stated:
When I was 7 years old art chose me. I decided to make a backdrop for a play I was putting on. I went to our linen closet and picked out the perfect sheet. Next, I took out a souped up set of markers and began to draw the scenery for the play. I felt my mothers presence behind me and realized I was probably about to be in a world of trouble. I held my breath as my mother proceeded to say “This is beautiful”. From that moment I knew art had chosen me.
Categorizing his art feels limiting to him with continually struggling to fit into a category or box. He would rather talk about the materials he uses and how he applies paint best. He mostly uses acrylic and latex paints but also mixes in collage elements, shellac, spray paint, mastic, china markers and stencils. Application of the paint is in thin layers mixed with gloss medium with a squeegee and finished with a varnish or polyurethane to deepen the surfaces canvas and wood.
Inspiration comes from observing the world and picking up on qualities that he thinks others may pass by. Currently, his influences happen while driving as he spends 2 hours per day commuting to the Cultural Arts Center. This allows for plenty of looking and mind wandering (“I am a careful driver, though”). He says he used to do large amounts of looking down at the road and seeing how lines played and crossed between human painted and nature’s cracks and crevasses; how squiggly black tar lines and yellow edge lines create beautiful patterns. Now , he does a lot more of looking up into the sky, especially because at the two times of day he travels the colors and light are very different. Cloud forms really became his newest subject matter, but he doesn’t just paint what he sees. Instead, he paints how the clouds feel as he passes them by or they change as they move and catch morning or evening light.
I try not to get caught up in technique. Every artist develops a certain proficiency with technique but I feel that is not a high priority for me. Yes, ideas and technique should blend harmoniously to achieve a successful piece, but if it is all idea or all technique the piece falls flat.
Todd sells his art at the shows he participates in. Recently,he had an exhibit at the Mansfield Art Center with Mindy Duncan and in April sold his work at the CCAD Alumni Sale. He has also recently been featured twice at his studio on Broad & High (PBS) television show. He also does work for corporate collections in the US and around the world and is working with two publishing companies in California and Austin that distribute limited and unlimited print collections of his originals to the design industry.
As if that isn’t enough, he also listed the following:
2014 Juror and booth Judge of Upper Arlington Labor Day Festival
“Origins of Abstraction” Carnegie Gallery
” Cloud scape” Solo show Barcelona Restaurant
“Atmospheric” with Matt Wolcot Marcia Evans Gallery
Finalist GCAC Arts Partnership Awards
Ohio State Fair “New Albany Arts Council Award”
Art For Life
Curator & Juror “From Ditch to Dazzling: Recycled Art” The Works Newark
piece just finished for Ernst & Young
This week, he will be at the Columbus Arts Festival (June 12-14 on the Riverfront Booth 304 W on the COSI side of the River) and was one of 10 artists selected for the Emerging Artist Program. What is this you ask? It is a wonderful opportunity that GCAC has created for artists who have never shown in a major arts festival. They provide two workshops on learning how to successfully present your work in a festival setting and provide a discounted tent fee.Todd highly recommends local artists apply next year because It is one of the best ways to showcase the hidden talents in Franklin and contiguous counties. In regards to that, he was featured in an article in Columbus Monthly along with 3 other emerging artists from the festival. Also, he just finished a commission for Ernst & Young in Grandview Yard, is displaying in Muse Gallery Hilton Head LLC and was accepted to show in the fine arts show at the Ohio State Fair!
Pathway Construct 5 to be at Ohio State Fair
Do you remember that I said this man is busy???? Yep! But the Central Ohio art scene is richer for it! Keep on ‘Camp’ing out here, Todd!
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