We had the good fortune of connecting with David Hobbs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I believe when you’re an artist at heart you dont really persue it, it’s a compulsion to always be creating. I spent so much time painting before I ever thought it would go anywhere just because I loved the process of creating. It’s funny as an emerging artist how much we seek to find that style that is our own and for me it was so many years of constant learning and experimenting with art that it transformed into something people responded to. At the end of each day I just want to create and am grateful some people have found a liking towards it!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For many years I was always trying to find a way to set myself apart and that entire time I did canvas work. One day I drew my design on a thin piece of wood, grabbed an X-acto knife and carved all the dead space away until only my design was left. From there my cut out style has continued to transition into the art that it is today. A canvas to me always felt too flat so painting a wood cutout and then framing that over a background has given me something that sets me apart from other artists. The road to where I am at has had its ups and downs but I try to leave stress out of creating artwork. I’m sure by now I have created hundreds of cutout paintings and from each one I have taken away skills and techniques I wouldn’t have stumbled upon if I wasn’t constantly creating. Through all the years I’ve learned to take every challenging commission that is put before me. Its so easy to take easy routes when creating for yourself and I seem to learn my best techniques when trying to blow people away with what they want.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Were such simple home bodies, a good conversation in our backyard seems to bring the best memories
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could give a shout out to so many people but my dad is an incredible artist. Growing up he was always creating so many different things. Woodworking and carving, sculpting, and wire art, he was always doing projects with his hands. When I started painting we started stretching our own canvases in so many sizes and styles. He was always there to problem solve what we were doing. It’s so important to have those people who believe in you and what you are doing and my mom and dad were always there for that! My girlfriend Claire also deserves an amazing shoutout for she let’s me dedicate ridiculous hours to constantly be painting. Also with my colorblindness (red/green) she is my eyes when extremely specific colors are needed to be picked out!!