As we stated in our first artist post featuring Andy Brown, we love local art and try to use local artists frequently in our design projects here at Red Egg Design Group. Today we wanted to feature another one of the greats here in Arizona, and someone that we use very often in our spaces. Christopher Macon of Creative Wall Designs is not only an amazing artist who creates wonderful original abstract pieces, but, as you could see from his company name, creates amazing wall designs using stencils, finishing techniques, you name it.
So many of our projects, like this nursery ceiling design, utilize Christopher’s awesome talents and we really wanted to interview him to get a feel for where he gets his inspiration and a bit more information about how his process changes between canvas and interior. One of the best things about working with him is his ability to understand how the stencils and designs will enhance the built environment. We can’t say enough great things about Christopher!
We asked him a few questions about his creative process and loved hearing his answers, and hope you will, too!
Red Egg Design Group: When did art first enter your life?
Christopher Macon: My grandfather was the editor and chief of the Az Republic when I was young and owned a frame shop so I saw artwork and photography appreciated from an early age. I started drawing and sketching around 10 remembering how challenging it was to draw what I was creating in my mind, thus a frustrated artist with a need to express myself creatively was born.
REDG: What inspired you to start creating wall finishes?
CM: Years ago I had a friend who started her own faux finishes company and needed help on a big project applying Venetian plaster. Being an artist and wanting to help, I started without hesitation finding it to be more like fun than work that so I quickly became her assistant. She moved out of state within 6 months, I adopted her clientele along with creating my one and I founded Creative Wall Designs CWDesigns.net and never looked back.
REDG: What is your favorite form of media to use?
CM: It may sound like a cop-out but “mixed media” has become my favorite due to the absolute flexibility and variety of possibilities. I love texture build up and shimmery reflective materials along side of organic elements and trying to find one medium to do all that seems futile.
REDG: What challenges you most as an artist?
CM: Organization of the creative side of my mind would likely be the most challenging aspect now that I have a business and beautiful family. Finding the time can be challenging but doable. If you don’t have a developed concept and color palette for your creation, standing in front of a canvas rarely generates inspiration and actually stifles my creative intent. With a degree in graphic design, I learned early on that having a creative idea developed before sitting down on the computer is where creativity happens.
REDG: How has your art evolved over the years, and what do you think influenced those changes?
CM: Early in my artistic life I was focused on capturing absolute detail drawing micro detail such as facial pores and individual hairs or painstakingly drawing/shading 2500+ individual scales of a large detailed iguana portrait. That level of commitment to fine details left me wanting to create big, colorful textural abstracted artwork that evokes emotion whereas my previously detailed work amazed people with the attention and execution of hyper realistic details.
REDG: What does your ideal environment for creating look and feel like?
CM: The idea space for creating has evolved over time. I have a studio space dedicated to my artwork but usually find myself setting up tables and my canvases/boards where my family is when I am ready to get started. Eventually I outlast everyone and spend the quiet, peaceful night with earbuds in passing hour after hour while my family rests. Always nice to get their critiques in the morning.
REDG: What is your favorite part about creating art in Arizona?
CM: Being an Arizona native and having been an art director of a fine art gallery in Old Town Scottsdale, I like that there is a strong art market here with warm people and visitors to AZ who support creative local artists. The eclectic make up of Arizona’s population has always been a promising element of why I like creating artwork in AZ. On a practical note, the dry heat of AZ dries my plaster, dripping metallic paints and built up layers quickly allowing me to keep in the creative zone instead of staging pieces of artwork to dry between layers.
REDG: How does your creative process differ between creating your art pieces and creating a wall finish or stencil? How is it the same?
CM: The freedom to deviate in my artwork as I feel inspired is what I love about working on canvas as it allows me to express my creativity as it percolates. On walls I enjoy executing a large scale artistic vision of creative application where consistency is the goal. My artwork combines many of my “wall finish products” such as plasters, metallic paints, acrylics, waxes loosely and freely without having predetermined perimeters of an interior wall projects.
We appreciate local art and artists so much at Red Egg Design Group, and in our opinion Christopher is one of the very best. From this interview, you can probably see why! We love that is a multi-talented and faceted artist and we love using him in as many of our projects as possible!
For more about Christopher and his work, check out: www.cwdesigns.net!