We would like to introduce you to the talented artist Brian Sloan.
Brian grew up in Alberta and he is a self-taught artist specializing in nature/wildlife artwork. Don’t forget to check out his amazing work here.
Now to the interview…
Brian, tell us about your Story?
When I was young, I never tried drawing, painting, or anything artsy outside of my mandatory elementary school art classes.
I thought I wasn’t good at it, and no one else in my family draws, so I thought it wasn’t in my blood.
After high school, I spent a few years in Italy, and that’s when I started to appreciate art. I was constantly surrounded with masterpieces by artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.
It wasn’t until about a year and a half after returning from Italy that I first tried painting.
I was 22, and attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
If you have ever been to Edmonton in the winter, you know that it gets dark early.
I honestly don’t know what motivated me, but I went to my local art shop and got the cheapest art supplies they had.
Then I found a video on YouTube that went over some basic techniques.
I tried it…I loved it!!
I loved it for two reasons…I was enthralled by the feeling of creating something from nothing. And I loved the challenge.
I knew that it was just the beginning of a new journey.
My artwork has even been selected in juried competitions and displayed in gallery shows.
At the end of the day, you can do anything you set your mind to. It is literally up to you.
Where Did You Grow Up and How Did That Environment Inspire You?
I’m from Redcliff, Alberta. As a child, I spent a lot of time in the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
I’ve always loved nature and wildlife. The animals in the prairies and the Rockies are incredible. My paintings have mainly focused on wildlife in scenes from where I live.
What’s Your Passion? What Inspires You?
The feeling of creation is what drives me.
Seeing a painting go from a blank canvas to blobs, to a detailed picture never gets old.
I love animals and their beauty is something that has inspired my last year of work.
My dad has always loved taking wildlife photos so I grew up appreciating the nature around me.
I want to be able to help others appreciate this beauty because too many of us are focused on a screen instead of what’s around us.
I usually leave the eyes of the animal for last. After painting the eyes, I step back, and I get the impression that the animal has come to life on the canvas.
It is a feeling that never gets old and one I look forward to with every painting.
I also love the challenge that comes with each new painting.
Even if I have done something similar before, each painting has a life of its own.
What Are Your Dreams?
I’m currently finishing up my last year of university to become a teacher, but one day I’d love to be able to paint full-time.
Finding time in between classes, studying, and spending time with my wife usually leave less than ten hours a week to painting and creating.
Are You Driven by a Cause?
I want to help people appreciate the beauty of nature.
We live in such a busy world and it’s easy to get caught up in everything that is happening around us.
We can forget to enjoy the natural beauty that is here in the world.
I’ve been focusing a lot on the wildlife and nature around where I live but hope to expand the horizon to other locations as well.
Why did you choose to be an Artist?
I don’t remember why I decided to try out painting that evening…I just did.
I was bored and needed something to do at university.
I think it had to do with knowing it would be a challenge and wanting to try something new.
After trying it once, I was enchanted by two things…
I was enchanted by the feeling of creating something from nothing. I loved the challenge.
I knew that it was just the beginning of a new journey for me.
There was so much left to discover that I had to keep on doing it.
What Makes Your Art Unique?
I feel like my art is unique, first of all, because I am self-taught.
I have no formal education that has influenced my work, which means that my process and style is unique to me.
I paint scenes and animals that are local to my area.
And I like to paint nature/wildlife in a realistic manner, only brighter and more colorful.
Tell Us A Fun Fact!
I can ride a unicycle. I learned when I was fourteen, even rode it to school a few times.
There you have it, everyone. We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Brian and his artwork.
Don’t forget to shop Brian’s amazing work here.