Today we’d like to introduce you to Chase King.
Chase, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Painting began for me in a high school art class. I was 16 years old and I had just lost my mother to a brain tumor two years prior. You could say I was a bit confused about what was happening. Fortunately, my grandparents continued to raise me, provide and support my desire to be an artist. That high school art class sparked a fire under my ass that has ceased to dwindle. My teacher at the time and now good friend, Robert Allen Putnam, went beyond his duties to foster growth in his students. By paying attention to what he was saying and demonstrating, I became eager to learn and see more in life. In 2008, after an intensive juried process, I became a finalist for the 6 week Governors’ Honor Program in Fine Arts at Valdosta State University. This experience solidified my passion and determination to become a painter and creative thinker. I went on to study painting and drawing at Kennesaw State University, while earning a BFA. I have been fortunate enough to meet and befriend some very talented people through my educational career. I know that is not the only way to explore the creative world but that is just how it happened for me. Now, that I am not a student anymore, I am at liberty to see what else is out there in the real art world. I have been taking advantage of that liberty and I can tell you its been humbling and intriguing. Immersing myself into being a working, professional artist is my priority. With a successful 2017, I look forward to what opportunities and challenges will appear in 2018.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I can’t complain. I have been fortunate enough to have strong support from family, friends and buyers. Despite the support and being blessed in knowing what I want to do with my life, there have been many struggles. Loss of life, balancing work and painting, financial security and the rest of the common bulls*** we all have to deal with. I’ve found that keeping my priorities in sight helps manage the inevitable struggles. When I do find myself with a problem, particularly related to my art career, I seek out advice and open myself up to solutions that will best fit my situation. A strong support system is crucial and that system can be anything that asserts positive change and affirmation towards our goals.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Chase King Art story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a freelance fine artist. I have painted everything from commissioned family portraits to contemporary pieces hung in galleries. By learning as many techniques as I can, I avoid having an empty tool box to work from. My specialty, however, is mixed media painting. Using resources such as photography, paper products or plexi-glass to create a series of paintings is what I enjoy doing. People tell me that they are impressed with the amount of work that I make, that I am prolific. This is true. I make a lot of paintings. I’ve created a history to look back on. I am willing to do the work and make a painting that is meaningful, genuine and a little crazy. I can drop dead right now and be happy with that.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Just showing up, putting the work into marketing and getting my work in front of all kinds of people has had its role in my success. Luck is a phenomenon really. It usually happens when I least expect it and there are undertones hinting at a bigger picture, a greater purpose towards something.
- Website: www.chasewilsonking.com
- Phone: 770 598 5603
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seekingg
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chasewilsonking
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