Interview with Desmond Blair of Believe.Conquer.Inspire
Introduce your self, please. Give us the 411— - what's your name? What do you do? How long have you been painting?
My name is Desmond Blair, I'm a project manager by day, artist by night. I've been painting off and on since 2005. Around 2010, I became serious about working toward the mastery of oil paints.
What is the hardest obstacle that you have had to overcome?
Most people would think it's my hands. I was born with Bi-lateral hand absence. But honestly, it's myself. Especially as an artist, I think as you grow you are continually locked in a never ending battle to produce your best work. This is also what makes being an artist such a great thing. Because the result of each battle is something beautiful, unique, and yours. I think this carries over to our daily lives as well. Circumstances and the challenges in our lives are external but it is up to us to change and grow to meet the challenges we face.
What is your favorite piece that you've done so far?
My favorite piece is titled "The Hurt". My grandma passed away in 2012 and was always a Johnny Cash fan. I am a Nine Inch Nails fan and I immediately thought of Cash's cover of “Hurt”. And I wanted to do something I felt was a little bit of her and a little bit of me.
What is your favorite medium and why?
I use oils but my favorites are pencil, pen, and marker. I honestly try to mimic them with oils. But I love those 3 because it's where I started. I feel pencils give you an artist's essence and the blueprints to their personality because they are so expressive.
Who are your influences? What about them inspires you?
I've always been influenced by comic book artists. So Joe Madeira, Bill Watterson, Akira Toriyama, Alberto Giacometti, and Salvador Dali are my favorite comic book artists. But each has their own very expressive styles and the comic book artists also created stories that would draw you into their world.
What advice would you give to the future generations?
Don't let circumstances, people's opinions, or this world limit you in any way. Anything is possible as long as you stay focused, keep learning, and remain humble.
You have a beautiful daughter. As far as creativity goes, does your she show interest in anything yet?
Do you ever create with her yet?
She has, it's odd because she loves anything with a piano in it. I haven't created anything with her yet but I have been trying to determine if I have a little musician on my hands. :)
What makes you the happiest?
Helping people makes me the happiest. I love working with and teaching kids and college students. This is primarily because I can't count the number of people that have helped and guided me. I love to see other people achieve their goals. Iit inspires me and keeps me motivated.
What charities do you support? -( Part of the proceeds from the RuLeo’s collaborations will go to the charity.)
I've donated most of the money from my work to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. I've also created pieces for Project Still I Rise and The Brady James Foundation. I only keep enough to buy new supplies for my next piece. My hope is to grow in my ability to donate proceeds from my work to organizations that help communities and people who face various types of challenges. [I’m an] artist/philanthropist. :)
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