Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Twelve Questions for the Artist"

1) Q: Where are you from/born & raised?   A: Born and raised in Washington, DC.

Q: In your early childhood did you grow up in an environment that promoted the arts?  A: Yes, My family encouraged me to follow my passions as an artist.  My mother and brother were my biggest fans.  Also, Washington, DC is a Mecca for all the arts.

Q: At what age/point in your life did you realizes that you wanted to be an artist?  A: In the first grade.  As long as I can remember, I've been an artist and dreamed of being a great artist.

Q: Are you a full-time artist?  A: Yes, since February 1999 I’ve made my living only as a visual artist.  Being an artist has been my life time vocation. 

Q: If you are a full-time artist was it easy making the transition from having a job to just doing what you love…your art?  A: Ha! Ha! Transitioning from a good job to being a full-time artist is like bungee jumping, a huge drop and an exhilarating rise to the top!

Q: Did you go to school for art and if so what did you gain from the experience?  A: I attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore.  I developed a strong work ethic and gained a thick skin in art school.  Being an artist is not for the faint of heart.  In an ego driven line of work, you must learn when to take your ego out of it.

Q: Did school prepare you to make a living from your art?  A: The various styles, techniques, and skill sets I gained in art school prepared me to be able make it happen.  Art school taught me nothing of the business of art.  Business savvy is what my mom, dad, and brother taught me.

8) Q: How many hours on the average do you spend painting a week?  A: Not enough.  I wear many hats as a full-time artist.  I’m CEO and the janitor in my company.  In other words, I’m responsible for marketing, accounting, sales, and making art too.

 9) Q: What advise do you have for other artist trying to get their artwork into galleries?  A: Produce a large consistent body of art to show galleries.  Make at least 30 to 50 consistent works of art.

Q: Tell me about your artwork?  A: My art is my diary and my art is as varied as my life.  I love painting in acrylics and creating mixed-media collages.

Q: Have you always done landscape paintings?  A: Yes, but not good ones.  In the last ten years my sceneries (landscapes) have become much better.  I painted on average fifty or more large landscapes a year.

Q: Where can we find your work…galleries,websites..?  A: My website is  You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest.  My studio is located in Artspace in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Summer Artist Speaker Series: Features Eric McRay"

Summer Artist Speaker Series
Presented by Capital H. Creative

Join and Capital H. Creative at Busy Bee Cafe (upstairs at The Hive) for our three-part Summer Artist Speaker Series. The first installment, featuring artist Eric McRay of McRay Studios, is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

At each event, the artist will talk about their work, inspiration and creative process.  A resident artist at Artspace, McRay was voted Raleigh's Favorite Local Artist of 2011 in Raleigh Downtowner Magazine.  He'll kick off the series by sharing the inspiration behind his collection of summer and coastal paintings. Hear each piece come to life through his stories.

McRay's work will be available for purchase and displayed at The Hive until June 20.  During the event, members of the audience will have a chance to win prizes that include a signed print from the artist, prize pack or a $30 gift card to The Hive.

There will be complimentary appetizers and, of course, The Hive hopes you enjoy their robust beer and cocktail selection.

Don't miss this special evening with a local artist, great food and opportunities to win cool prizes!

Future dates of the series are June 28 and July 26. These dates are subject to change.

About the series
Capital H. Creative and feel that to truly celebrate a body of art, one must know the hands that crafted it. This series celebrates artists and their work, which is intended to be shared with the world. Or with an intimate audience at The Hive.