From Advertising to Fine Art: Chatting with Terry Hinkle

FROM ADVERTISING TO FINE ART: CHATTING WITH TERRY HINKLE

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WHEN DID YOU FIRST START CREATING ART?

The moment that I could hold a crayon in my fist.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST KIND OF WORK YOU CREATED?

As a young child I was always drawing. As early as I can remember I had paper and pencils all over my room. Many times I would wake up in the middle of the night with a vision in my head that I had to capture on paper. So my first artwork would have to be a drawing.

DO YOU THINK IT TAKES INNATE TALENT TO BE AN ARTIST IN TODAY’S CLIMATE? DO YOU THINK IT’S NECESSARY TO HAVE ACADEMIC TRAINING TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN TODAY’S ART MARKET?

The answer to this question is very long and involved. Some of the best artists that I have worked with through the years had no tradition art school training. In fact, through my years in the creative world of advertising and promotion, I never asked a potential employee if they had graduated high school or college. I was only looking for that special creative spark. But today if you are going to be a successful fine artist it helps if the left side of your brain is working. Or at least you  have someone that handle all the social media and promotion to get you and your artwork in front of the people that will buy your artwork and further your career. A strong artwork social media presence is a must.

THERE HAVE BEEN CLAIMS WITHIN THE ART WORLD THAT ART HAS TO BE DISTURBING, ASK A QUESTION, OR PROJECT CONCEPTS OF THE FUTURE TO BE “GOOD” ART. DO YOU THINK THIS IS ACCURATE?

No. Not at all.

DO YOU FEEL THAT IT IS ENOUGH TO CREATE A SENSE OF POSITIVITY WITHIN THE VIEWER TO SUCCEED AS AN ARTIST?

No.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON FORMAL EDUCATION IN ART? HOW DO YOU THINK THAT IMPACTS YOUR WORK? HOW DO YOU THINK THAT IMPACTS YOUR CAREER?

Formal Western education does a great job of “teaching” all the creativity out of us. I did go on to graduate from KU Art School with a BA in Commercial art and Business. But I worked harder outside of my classroom to talk to everyone that were already working in the “business” so that I was not relying on what my teachers were teaching me. I wanted to make sure I was up to date on the industry NOW and ready to hit the ground running after graduation.

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DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF AND/OR YOUR WORK DRIVEN BY THE WORK OF YOUR CONTEMPORARIES?

Oh yes. And by all of the top established illustrators designers in the business. After that it was the commercial directors and producers. There is no such thing as a new idea. Everything comes from something that came before.

DO YOU FIND YOURSELF COMPARING YOUR WORK TO THE WORK OF OTHERS?

No. I really get excited by the work of others. I am always inspired by other creatives. But I never compare myself and my work to others. I compare my last work with the piece I am working on at the moment.

HOW DO YOU THINK SELF-CONFIDENCE PLAYS INTO YOUR WORK?

I think that I was born with a very healthy dose of self-confidence. Never arrogant, but an internal belief that I could accomplish what I was asked to do and create what I could see in my head. That confidence that I could do anything that I set my mind to has always been one of my greatest strengths

WHEN PEOPLE LOOK BACK AT THIS TIME IN ART, WHAT DO YOU HOPE THEY WILL SAY ABOUT YOU?

Terry was very creative and shared all of his abilities with everyone.

DO YOU FEEL YOU TRUST YOURSELF, YOUR INSTINCTS IN YOUR WORK, EVEN IF OTHERS DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS YOU ARE TRYING TO DO?

Yes.

MANY PEOPLE ARE DISCOURAGED FROM PURSUING A CAREER IN ART. WAS THERE A TIME WHEN YOU CONSIDERED  PATH THAT MIGHT BE EASIER?

Never. I had no choice. I was born to create. The simple fact that I could draw defined my whole life.

WHY WAS IT WORTH PURSUING A CAREER IN VISUAL ART?

There is nothing better than when you are living your passion.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AS AN ARTIST?

Lots of different things. Every day I find new things.

THE JOURNEY OF EACH ARTIST IS DIFFERENT. SOME ARTISTS WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT. SOME ARE IN A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND ENGAGEMENT. SOME ARE SIMPLY ENGAGED IN THEIR PROCESS. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR JOURNEY?

It has been an exciting and magical journey. And this path that I am on has a long way to go...

IS THERE A PARTICULAR WORK THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?  WHY?

Too many for so many different reasons.