Ross Hardy walked into my house with a portfolio and a HUGE roll of paper. He had carried everything down from his place up in Bloomfield in the middle of a hot July afternoon so the first thing I did was grab us some ice water. The dedication to sharing and displaying one's work is always a sign of a true artist. You can't live your life just waiting around hoping for someone to look over their shoulder and say, "Oh that's good!".
When I got to unfurl the three feet wide and eight feet tall piece of paper, (you'll hear this in the chat,) I was blown away by a large portrait of a tall grey chair in a plain room with green wooden floorboards. The picture I took on my iPhone below does this painting little justice but know that it's a gorgeous piece. Up close you can see his confident and thoughtful marks, both in pencil and paint. It drips in all the right places and while colorful it's also quiet and stoic. The piece really is portrait of a chair—sort of, (more on that in the conversation).
After wrapping up our recording session, we talked about "the hustle" a bit—about shopping work to galleries and what places we liked and which we weren't crazy about. I realized that it'd been a minute since I talked with a more traditional fine artist, (don't jump my ass about this statement I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. I mean that it's been a while since I had a practicing artist who's focus is paintings and sculpture for display in a gallery).
Ross is a thoughtful and soulful creator who embodies the saying, "Still waters run deep". While reserved, he's very engaging and I really enjoyed our time together. Y'all will as well.
Ross Hardy on the Internet
- @rosshardyart on Instagram