Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented digital artist Brian Middleton.
#1 What is your primary job title?
Professional Visual Artist
#2 Who or what inspires you
Oh ! So many and so much:
- The colour spectrum and how Light affects whatever I see: reflecting, refracting, abstracting reality.
- My husband Carl McLuhan who is a wonderful writer and pianist and thinker.
- Artists : Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud, Pierre Bonnard.
- My parents who are 93 and 91 and survived WWII and faced many challenges but remain positive.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
- Being a kinder driver.
- How beautiful the sky looks.
- Paying attention to the road.
#4 Share a life lesson you learn?
Be kinder than necessary - always. Every person I meet is facing a challenge about which I know nothing.
#5 Favorite period of history?
I am currently fascinated by the period 1930 - 55 ( just before, during and the decade right after the Second World War.)
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
I am learning about video and sound editing and I have a commission for a public artwork to honour search and rescue workers in the province of British Columbia.
#7 Describe your personal style.
Now THAT is a toughie to answer ! I worked with traditional art media and tools for forty years before switching to digital painting apps three years ago. I think " explorer and experimenter " would best describe what I try to do.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
I paint digitally ( no stylus ) on my iPad and iPhone using the apps Procreate, ArtStudio and Art Rage. I also use SparkPost and SparkVideo and iMovie for text and video editing.
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
44 years ago while I was studying in France I discovered an overwhelming need to draw and paint. It took me totally by surprise!
#10 What's your super power?
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
I love Creamy on hot buttered toast.
#12 What makes you happy?
- Being with my loved ones.
- Sharing meals.
- Puppies and Dogs
#13 What do you do to relax?
Take 45 minute walks on trails near the Pacific.
#14 Your place of birth?
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
A nervous kindergarten kid during a Christmas concert nativity scene who began pulling on his balloon/udder as one of the cows in the manger. The audience started laughing and couldn't stop and he didn't have a clue!
#17 Color of the car you drive?
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Making a documentary film.
#19 How do you get your news?
- BBC International News
- PBS / NPR
#20 Advice to other creatives?
- Hold on tight to your dreams.
- Trust your intuition.
- Keep an open mind.
Learn more about Brian's work:
- https://youtu.be/4CVQGmfVRm8 (demonstration painting with Procreate )