An Interview with Artist Jeffrey McGuire

Jeffrey is one of those rare individuals who is simply oozing with creativity. He is a true artist with a passion and desire to put it all out there on canvas. I’ve been following (and admiring) his art for a few years now, and he never fails to leave me in awe of his natural talent.

He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his art…

What inspires you?

A big source of inspiration for me is art in so many forms. Other great sources include the natural world and man made structures especially cities full of various styles of architecture.  I borrow ideas from just about anywhere.  I also think that the common challenges and struggles we often face in daily life carry with them huge opportunities to express creativity in many ways; this has definitely been my experience.

Aside from painting what do you do?

My main means of artistic expression remains painting but I enjoy a few other hobbies such as singing and trying to learn a little guitar here and there.  I’m a homebody but I also like to get out and enjoy time with close friends and family as often as possible as well.

How and when did you become an artist?

Art has always been with me from as long as I can remember.  My parents nurtured and encouraged my artistic ability as a child; I was always creating with something: lego, drawing, collages.  As a teenager I was more musically focused playing drums through high school.  Into adulthood I focused more on drawing and sketching and eventually graduated to painting on canvas about six years ago.

Would you rather be able to be invisible or be able to read minds?

I would rather be invisible….oh the possibilities!  I think having the ability to read minds would lose it novelty very fast and become rather annoying not to mention dreadfully painful and scary at times.

What are some of your favourite things?

I could list all kinds of stuff but I’ll limit myself.

In no specific order: ART, my cat Louie, animals, the changing seasons, music of all kinds, chocolate, sleeping, strength training, laughter, coffee, reading, shoes (OMG Shoes!), surfing the internet.

Do you have any advice for budding artists?

Keep creating and don’t be discouraged by creative blocks when they appear, everyone has them.

Don’t take anything too seriously.

Remain grateful for your talent and the ability to create and share it with others.

Never let money be the sole and motivating factor when creating and sharing art, do it because you enjoy it!

Have fun!!!

Check out more of this amazing artwork on the official website

You can view and purchase Jeffrey’s original paintings at Images On Bank where he works as a custom framer.

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