Nicolas V. Sanchez: Creative expression runs deep in my family. Each member of my family has their own passion from carpentry to sewing to opera singing. I was fortunate enough to have been brought up in an environment that nurtures art and creativity. It's all I've known my entire life. Although art has been a part of me, painting became a central part of my life about 10 years ago when I first learned to paint t my undergraduate school, Kendall College of Art and Design.
Nicolas V. Sanchez: Ink is also a very traditional medium. I started sketching in ballpoint pen as something to do on the train during my commutes to and from my graduate school, the New York Academy of Art. It later developed into what I do now. Drawing in colored ballpoint pen has become a main part of my studio practice.
Nicolas V. Sanchez: I don't have a favorite piece so much as I've had a memorable experience making it. The painting is called 'Bloodline' and it was a painting that first helped me break out and try new things in representational painting.
Do you have a typical working process? What would it be?
Nicolas V. Sanchez: I don't have a typical process for anything. Although some of my work may have similar results from piece to piece, they all start and end differently. It's a different experience every time. That being said, the only consistent part of my practice is that I always have to end the work day cleaning the studio- hit that 'refresh button'. Making the work can be spontaneous and could mean disregarding the world for a brief time, but in order to create the opportunity for those moments, I need to enter a clean and clear studio when I start a new work day. Clear studio equals focus.