From Jessica: I am really excited to have Andy Kehoe as the next person in the Interview series. It is really important to me to cover a wide range of artists that I admire and see what they are up too. I fell in love with Andy's work not too long ago and was super excited to see his new pieces!
What is your background in art?
Inspiration is pretty easy to come by. Of course, art, music, movies and anything creative always inspire me. Anyone that puts love and care into their craft inspires me. And all the craziness of this world is an endless source of inspiration, good and bad, that can find it's way into my work.
I usually wake up and deal with emails and other normal world issues first. Then I head over to my studio and work on paintings until I feel satisfied for the day. When I'm in the middle of a show, this usually entails a good portion of the day is spent painting. Even when I get back home for the day, I'm answering more emails and print orders and working out ideas for future paintings and shows. It's great working on my own terms, but it's also a job that I can't really leave at work. It is my life and I ultimately bring work home. But I do take Sundays off and that's the one day I set aside and try not to think about work at all.
I'd like to just keep building my work up piece by piece and story by story. Every series of paintings I do seems to add more and I'm always excited to see where it all goes next.
This is all I do which is amazing! It's a weird way to make a living because there's nothing really certain about it. Maybe I'll get good show next year, maybe not. Even if I do get a show, there's no certainty of people liking my work and no certainty of making any money off of it. But at the same time, everyday can hold a new and exciting opportunity... it make getting up everyday quite an adventure.
Been listening to audio books in the studio. It's something that Evan turned me onto and it's been awesome. I don't have much of a chance to read a book when I'm hunched over a drafting table all day, so this is the greatest alternative. It's weird to have someone essentially read a story to you... not something I'd experienced since being a kid. I was worried that it would distract me from my work, but it gets the creative part of my mind active and prevents my mind from drifting off. Listened to a book called "Devil in the White City" that was pretty damn amazing. Currently in the middle of "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" which has been very interesting to say the least. I've also been re-watching Deadwood, which is one of my favorite shows.