The majority of my education in high school and college was steeped in art, so I feel right at home in an artist’s studio. Being in Justin Bua’s workshop was a pleasure . . . to be surrounded by the tools of a working artist. From the second I stepped into his space, it was obvious that Justin has an artist’s process when it comes to his work.
As a creative person, I find it fascinating to learn about the process of anyone working in the artistic community. From the production designers who design so much of the visuals in the Living Spaces commercials and catalogs, to fashion designers, to writers – in any industry, the process of getting your voice out there in an artistic medium is tough!
Every day, waking up and moving forward in an artistic pursuit requires a strange mix of humility and confidence – the knowledge that your work is an important and valued use of your time, as well as the open-mindedness to scrap something when it’s not working.
Diving into Justin Bua’s background, growing up in NYC and the birth of his painting skills, was one of my favorite parts of this season’s first episode of Behind the Design. If you watch the video, you’ll hear all about his family’s rich history in the arts. My favorite quote from Justin, which didn’t make the video, is his favorite quote from Pablo Picasso:
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Did you see the first episode? The whole experience, from our colorful shoot day, to seeing and hearing the finished video, left me motivated and inspired to push forward in my own creative process today.