ArtId Art Blog
Bill Sloan, Licensing Guru
MI: Have you always been an artist?
Bill: So my brother tells me. I think everyone is an artist; it__™s just a matter of degree.
MI: Was your family supportive of your talent?
Bill: Incredibly so. Still are. I__™m very fortunate that way. It makes all the difference. I have many friends whose families just don__™t get it and keep wondering when they__™re going to grow up and get a real life, not realizing that this is, in fact, a real life with responsibilities and deadlines and challenges and triumphs and failures and contributions and validity. It__™s also very hard and often you need a support system just to get through.
MI: Did you always want to be an artist?
Bill: In some form: Architect, Musician, Writer, Actor, Photographer. Now, my job is Creative Director of an advertising agency in Manhattan. That__™s relatively new. I__™ve also been a partner / creative director in a long standing graphic design firm, partner / creative director in an art resource company, illustrator, photographer, writer, model, musician, teacher, and lifeguard___ and I paint.
MI: Have these ___day jobs___ contributed to or interfered with your growth as an artist?
Bill: Both. But more importantly they__™ve made it possible. I__™ve learned the art of business, which is crucial; and sales, which is necessary. I__™ve learned how to collaborate, meet deadlines, be politic, converse on different levels, entertain, negotiate, manage my time___ and perform CPR. It__™s also allowed me to pay the bills.
MI: So, when do you paint, and what do you do?
Bill: Whenever I can. I paint in oils acrylics, Latex, Watercolor, Collage, Pastel, and Computer. I do Landscape, Still Life, Portrait, Abstract. They all do something different. To speak poetically, when you paint a landscape, you give a person a window; when you paint a still life, you give a person sustenance, when you paint a portrait, you give a person a friend, when you paint an abstract you give a person a dream.
MI: What artists, historically, would you like to have been?
Bill: Michelangelo with modern plumbing, Raphael with a longer life span, John Singer Sargent in touch with his sexuality, Winslow Homer without the bi-polar disorder, Caravaggio with social skills. Any artist who creates a new world in art.