Full on Inspiration
Monday, Jul 19,2010
The work of Cass Fuller is a breath of fresh air. The bold palette, broad strokes and airbrush technique are striking and thought provoking. One look at a canvas and you will be waiting for the artist’s subject to jump off the wall and into your life.
How did you get started as an artist?
I got started drawing and using the airbrush for fun at the age of 15. I later realized that I could make money doing what i enjoyed. I pretty much fell into being an artist.
What type of media to you use?
Mostly, acrylic paints, hand brushing or airbrush.
Is creating art as fun as it seems it would be?
For the most part it is quit enjoyable. It has its moments though. The creative process is sometime hard to get into. Each painting is a new challenge, and being able to think and work fast, is the name of the game. Each painting I do typically takes anywhere from 8-40 hours of work, and those hours a right on top of each other. No breaks, I just jump right in and get it done, as quickly as possible. The best part is knowing that when you’re done, you’re gonna make someone’s day.
What inspires you to create your artwork?
The challenge of outdoing what I have done before. Once I am handed the ideas from my clients, my brain starts to click.
Do you find inspiration from nature?
Depends on what type of project I am working on. I look at nature from a different point of view than most, sort of an artistic view. I view nature as a provider of unlimited patterns, shapes, randomness, and balance. A lot of great ideas get stored in the back of my head, things I mentally store from observing nature. Mostly small snippets, such as the way a tree branch might be shaped or the reflection on a drop of water.
Do you find inspiration from friends and family? Who else inspires you?
My friends and family get such a big kick out of each project I work on, I would have to say yes. I don’t know if you would call it inspirations for a piece of work as much as an inspiration to work. I have a lot of old artist friends of mine, who are just as talented as I am, that give me a great sense of being a part of great graphical journey.
If you could be anywhere in the world where would you be?
At home with my family.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?
Doing what I love, only better.
Where is your favorite place to display your art?
Anywhere where the masses can see it
Tell us about a typical day for you:
Up around 8 to work by 10-11, then off around midnight. People think I'm crazy, but it’s not as hard as you may think to work a 12-14 hour day. The best part is you’re done with a project twice as fast. When I’m at home, I try to relax a bit and enjoy being back with my family.
Any advice you would give to aspiring artists?
Hard work pays off. Focus on being who you are and not what someone else is. It’s better to lead than follow.
As a child did you envision yourself doing something creative and artistic?
I don’t think it ever crossed my mind. Maybe as an adolescent I started to wonder what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I just sort of grew into it.