INTERVIEW with EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER
LOCATION: The National Arts Club NYC (since 1950) & Easton, Connecticut
CAREER: Comic Book Artist turned Portrait, Figure & Landscape Artist.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I cut my own hair.
WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO BE A PAINTER?
I started drawing at the age of three and there was no doubt as to my desire to become an artist. I left school before my 16th birthday to work as a comic book artist. In my late twenties, I turned to portraits, landscapes, and figures.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF PAINTING?
I dislike 'labels,' but my work has been described as 'based on realism.'
DID YOU HAVE A MENTOR OR SOMEONE YOU LOOKED UP TO?
Frank Dumond, John C. Johansen, & James Montgomery Flagg
WHAT IS THE LARGEST HURDLE IN THE ARTS YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME?
The largest hurdle to overcome is to not take anything for granted, and to raise my goals and try to challenge and improve. I look forward to everyday.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM PAINTING?
I feel blessed to be able to earn a living doing what I love. I believe in discipline, hard work, an inquisitive mind and open heart.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOK OR DVD THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?
My favorite book is "The Art Spirit" by Robert Henri.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PAINTER?
I have many favorite artists; Sargent, Sorolla, Vuillard, Brangwyn, Hals, Monet... the American Impressionists.
WE HAVE TO ASK... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW WAVE PALETTE?
My favorite New Wave Artist Palette is the smaller Expressionist Confidant
style. I like using it in doors and out of doors. The weight and size are ideal.
-Everett Raymond Kinstler