Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Reif.
Ken, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. Attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College. Got married started a family and started working in the trades. Got hired as a painter because of my art background. Worked the trades for over 30 years. When I turned 50, I made the decision to seriously make my way into the art world. I had painted during this time, also played bass in a blues band. Made a decision to go with art and joined local art leagues, got involved in the Board, eventually becoming president of the board at the Oak Park Art League. 2012 I started doing art festivals. This brought me to Arizona. Ive done fests in Gilbert, Carefree, Fountain Hills, Litchfield, Tucson, and Tempe. In California Indian Wells and La Quinta. These take place in Feb., March, and April My travels west turn up in my paintings. I visit Joshua Tree every year, and this year went to Sequoia National Park. I have also spent time in the Superstition Mountains hiking. Summers are spent doing fests in the Midwest.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an oil painter. I work on a black primed canvas. I consider my work to be “renewable energy” I want the viewer to feel renewed with each viewing. Much like listening to your favorite music,
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I believe it is as always making a living. I work much harder at this than I did in the trades. I believe you have to do everything you can. Get involved, network, get exposure, and for me, paint as much as I can, always striving to improve. I work usually 12 hours a day, but it does not feel like work, I love what I do and am so glad I made the decision to pursue a fine art career.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on Facebook, Instagram, and my website, www.kenreif.com. I am also at The Leigh Gallery in Chicago, Burlington Art Center in Iowa and Trattoria 225 in Oak Park Il. My studio is in Berwyn Il and is always open for visitors. I participate in nearly 20 art fests each year in the Midwest and Southwest.
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