Tim Adrian has created his own artist scene straight out of the streets of Soho, right here in Frisco.He calls his studio – above Farley’s Chophouse on Main Street – the bottega, a studio apartment with half carpeting, half stained concrete he shares with his girlfriend and their cat.”The space is perfect for creating and doing stuff,” Adrian said. “I have even had a few great nerf basketball games in there along with successful hack circles with friends. The space is huge and conducive for all sorts of rambunctious activities.”Though he’s currently the only artist working there, he welcomes other people to drop by and create art, have a conversation or even throw an art event.Adrian moved to Summit County from Kansas in 1998. Before that, he spent a year in Hawaii, then traveled to Europe for three months with his paints, a ukulele and insufficient funds. He played music and painted watercolors with other street performers in Europe to support himself for the last two months.When he came to Frisco, artists at The Red Crayon and the art shack introduced him to studio life and the passion for creating giant canvases.”Those times are now gone, but I feel my skills and voice are just now blossoming,” he said. “The present studio is a dream I’ve had, and now it’s time to test my limits again.”
DreamsI dream of being old and hopefully wise. I want my art to enrich my life and maybe others as well.Why do art?It entertains me. When I start a painting, I’m excited and until it’s done, the painting drives me crazy, makes me laugh and brings out all kinds of emotions. It’s all a dramatic experience with canvas. I do it for the same reasons people climb mountains, ride bikes, drive fast and eat ice cream.
What do you convey through art?In realistic paintings, I want the feeling of the painting to come across the same way as in real life – as if you’re sitting in front of a live jazz performer or standing in front of a cold winter mountain. In abstract work, I try to stir up human emotion as well, just in simpler terms. Our spectrum of vision is wide but the focus is small. In reality, we can only see small bits of the entire picture surrounded by blurred color and shape anyway.ChallengeGetting into a project and having to come out to work, eat and all that stuff we do. Accomplishment
Learning how to be patient with paintings and going over and over the entire painting until it’s done.Staying freshI’m not sure exactly, but if too much time passes without touching a brush the ideas start piling up. The question is which idea do I lose sleep over until I have to paint it? Sometimes the idea is ridiculous, and I wonder why I’m doing this.When you’re not doing art?I play music, work, travel and see friends.
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