Today we’d like to introduce you to T.C. Fenwick.
T.C., we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
From a young age, I always wanted to be an artist. I would draw and paint fantasy creatures and monsters and create different stories about them. I always was obsessed with Halloween that came from my Grandfather who used to build a Haunted House in his garage every year.
I would watch him build the Haunted Houses every year from the ground up. Now, anytime Halloween comes around, I would get those amazing nostalgic feelings of my childhood and it helps me create my own Halloween and Horror inspired art. I was raised on Horror, Fantasy, and Tim Burton films and I think that is where most of my inspiration comes from.
I would say, for the most part, I am self-taught and have had no proper training except maybe a drawing class I took just for fun at a community college when I was 17.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create Halloween inspired landscapes, monster sculptures, surrealistic paintings and other fantasy style artwork with a mythical creature element. I really just want people to be amused and maybe feel that bit of nostalgia I try and put into my work. I try and give people a look into my imagination which can sometimes be a little dark but a little whimsical as well and maybe bring a bit of fantasy into their everyday lives. I work with all mediums such as oil paints, watercolors, pen and inks, clay and even leather.
When I feel an artistic block coming on, I will switch mediums and go in a different direction so that I always stay creative. I have been selling my art professionally for about seven years and have had amazing feedback. I even have a small following of reoccurring clients that collect my art as well as commission me to create pieces just for them.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
It is very hard to make money in this industry. I had a full-time job while working on my art and doing shows just to keep my head above water and it has paid off. I now work full time as an artist from my own home studio. The support from my wife, family, and friends got me to this point.
They always pushed me to get out into the world and show my work. I was 24 when I did my first show and it took me so much courage to get out there because of the fear of being critiqued. Don’t let that fear stop you from showing your work. You will get critiqued and not everyone will like your work, it’s just the way the world is. If you have a true passion and want to make it in the art world, then you will. You just have to make it happen.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to see my work is online through social media sights. You can purchase my art on my Facebook page and my Etsy shop. I do a few local shows here and there, so people can see my work in person. I feel seeing my work in person is the best way to experience any of my pieces. I have appeared at shows such as Phoenix Comic Con, Second Fridays in Mesa, and few other local conventions over the years. I plan to get out and appear at more shows in the near future.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tcfenwicksart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tcfenwick
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tcfenwicksart