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Art and Surf

Making Waves
with Spencer Reynolds

Long-time Swarm client Spencer Reynolds has been kind enough to give us a view into his life as a working artist. Spencer is pure creativity. He lives to create, lives for his art, and his art reflects that passion.

Located on the beautiful Southern coast of Oregon, Spencer is surrounded by plenty of inspiration. His art is certainly reflective of his location. As an avid surfer, much of Spencer's art is influenced by the never-ending waves of the sea.

Check out the following interview with Spencer Reynolds, as he talks in detail about his artistic style, his inspirations, and the business side of being a full-time working artist. Enjoy!

Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?

I've been an artist my whole life. My dad's an artist and got me into drawing back as early as I can remember. I also have a different way of looking at the world that works well with being an artist. I'll loosely quote George Mcfly and say, "it's my density... I mean destiny".

Could you tell us a little bit about your work/style?

I usually start with small thumbnail sketches, get impatient and go right into the final painting. Lots of chaos and frustration happen because of this, but I feel it's important to the art. The artwork in the end has both beauty and tension, just like life. For every painting I make there are points when I completely want to give up on it. I also look for excuses to do other things when I can't solve particular problems I'm facing on any given piece.

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