Fusion Art is pleased to feature Chicago based artist, Michael Goldzweig in its “A Day in the Life” series. In this new series of Artist Showcases, the gallery reveals the “typical” day of many of its award-winning artists.
Michael is a full-time, award-winning artist who studied at the American Academy of Art - Chicago. He was the Best in Show winner of Fusion Art’s first Colorful Abstractions Art Exhibition in November 2015. Michael was also a Fusion Artist at Fusion Art’s “bricks and mortar” gallery in Palm Springs, before the gallery closed the Palm Springs space to focus exclusively on the online gallery.
Below please find, in Michael’s own words, the answers to 12 questions about him, his art and his “typical” day as he gives us a glimpse into his artistic life.
How do you start your day?
I usually start my day around 7am, and immediately put on my painting clothes. I do my social media networking, while eating breakfast, and then I head into the studio!
How many days a week do you work on your art?
7 days a week.
Do you have a home studio, or do you go to an outside studio to work? Which do you prefer and why?
I create in my home studio, so there are no distractions (traffic, weather, etc.). This way when I get a boost of creativity, I can just walk in the other room to explore it.
What kind of art do you create?
Acrylic painting on canvas. I create abstract, abstract impressionism, photorealism and surrealism.
Walk us through your “typical” day?
Up at 7a, eat and network, start painting around 9a. Snack & more networking at 11am. Paint until 2p, when I stop to eat and network some more! Paint until 5pm on an average day and then relax and usually do a little more correspondence and networking.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge so far has been juggling daytime work and networking with being the artist I want to be.
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
The complete freedom of uninterrupted creativity.
What do you enjoy least?
I’m not used to a lack of steady income! But it’s totally worth it.
Do you have any mentors?
Leonardo Nierman, Norman Rockwell, Leroy Nieman.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It can be if you let it. I’m an introvert, so I like my alone time. My day is as exciting as the painting I’m working on.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Leave your daytime job!
What inspires you?
Being noticed by other artists really inspires me. And I get extremely motivated by positive feedback from art lovers worldwide, whom I’ve met on my many different social networking platforms. Getting responses from Iran, Israel, Kenya, Chile...it’s amazing how art is such a common denominator!
Thank you, Michael, for sharing a peek into your life as an artist.
Fusion Art, LLC
Santa Fe, NM