Hello, hello. Today I’m bringing you an interview with someone I’m very proud to call family; my cousin, Al.
As a Marine and an artist Al has overcome great adversity in his life. He hasn’t allowed the trying experiences he’s had to shape him; rather I feel he has shaped those experiences through the indomitable strength of his own spirit.
I’ll have his links down at the end of this post. Make sure you check him out. Not just a gifted artist, he’s also fortunate enough to be related to me 😉
What’s your name and in which country do you reside?
Al Kolar, United States.
What sorts of art do you do?
I do woodworking, graphite portraits, paintings, metal and wood signs, and custom subwoofer enclosures. I’m kind of a jack of all trades when it comes to art.
Which medium is your favorite?
Graphite, I suppose. I love it all. I’m passionate about creating!
From where do you draw your inspiration?
Full disclosure; I create to escape reality and bring joy to others. When I’m creating a piece I get lost in the moment. All of my fears and worries subside. I’m at peace. That’s my inspiration.
Have you always been creative?
Yes. Being in foster care until I was 8 forced me to be creative in order to escape some of the situations around me. I knew when I was 6 that I wanted to be an artist. Successful or not I just wanted to be an artist. Seeing happy faces when I deliver a commission is the real pay off for what I do.
It makes me feel a bit disappointed when I mail a commission as I don’t get to see their reaction when they see it for the first time.
What has been the best thing about sharing your art on social media?
It’s that I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. When people like something I know that for at least a moment they were happy.
What has been the most challenging?
Charging people. I never want to feel like I’m asking too much for my art but at the same time I want to be compensated appropriately for my time and effort.
In what ways do you feel that being an artist has had an impact on your life?
It keeps me sane, I suppose. When life gets to be too much I draw. It clears my worries from my mind and helps me then return to that worry more calmly and rationally later.
What has been your proudest achievement as an artist?
This sign that I made for the Willers.
What words of encouragement or advice do you have for other creative guys?
Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes progress. There is and always will be room for improvement.
Al, thank you for sharing and for being on my blog. I’m so proud of you.
Art (and creativity in general) is such an important part of life. Through it we are able to express the deepest feelings in our souls, the thoughts we cannot put words to, and the longings of our hearts.
I’m thankful that you have this release to turn to when life becomes overwhelming. I’m even more thankful that it brings you such joy to see the joy you bring others.
If you’d like to see more of my cousin’s amazing work (and you will because he’s a great guy and his art is incredible) you can find him
On Facebook: Kolar Kustoms
Until next time,
rail, sail, metal pail,