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Check Out Derrick Breidenthal’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derrick Breidenthal.

Hi Derrick, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been painting since I was young. It presented another path to learning for me. I struggled with reading and arithmetic from a young age, so visual learning and expression helped me in all academics. I immediately loved it as a way to communicate my thoughts and feelings. Most importantly, I learned to observe and look.

Painting has always been the way I process life. I tend to dwell on things, so painting is a good fit. You have to re-process the experience and see it from a few points of view. You have to create something from nothing time and time again – start over. I enjoy that, even though there is constant failure and frustration baked in, it’s worth the effort. Seeing a seductive painting unfold from nothing is a spectacular moment.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t know anyone who has a smooth road in the arts, but you pretty much know that going in. It’s been a road of potholes and blind spots with occasional smooth sections. You have to get used to the unpredictable nature of the profession. I am always trying to improve my artistic practice, as well as further the reach of my work. Both of those take time. Art is not a nine to five job with a paycheck every two weeks. That is always a challenge. I have to have faith in what I am doing, and hope some people will see the value in what I produce. It’s a very speculative endeavor.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
When people ask me what I do I say I am a painter. That’s the first thing (before artist) that comes to me instantly. Landscape is generally what I use as the entry point for my work. The color in my work is the most important element and what tends to leave a lasting impression.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Anything that involved being outside was of interest to me. Most of my jobs growing up where outside. I was fortunate to live in an area with four seasons. You see a wide spectrum of color each year. I enjoyed the natural transition from one season to another. I am sure it is one of the reasons I am so attached to color and how it influences mood.

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