Tell us a little about yourself:
I am born and raised in Utah, happily married and have a 7 year old son. I have always loved to draw and create art ever since I can remember. It’s always been about having fun doing it. I’ve been fortunate to show in some local Salt Lake galleries recently. I’ve met some good people and the response to my work has been really nice! It’s been exciting to show others what I have created.
What was your main inspiration as an artist?
I would say my main inspiration as a younger artist was probably comic books. I would draw my favorite characters and put my own spin on them. Later it became the graphics on my skateboards. A lot of the old Blind and H Street graphics were some favorites.
Who had the biggest inspiration on your art?
There’s been many sources of inspiration along the way but, the ones that have kept me in it and progressing the most are my wife and my son.
Tell us about your darkest time as an artist, and about your lightest time?
My darkest time was some dark shit. I can simply say that creating wasn’t top priority and my confidence and focus was low. It’s definitely part of my story but, I’m glad it’s over.
My lightest time would probably be now. My process is relaxing, pressure free and no need to compromise myself and my work for sales or importance. I’m learning, experimenting, and developing my techniques. I’ve been making my own frames and untraditional canvas for a few years now and that’s been fun, I get a lot of positive feedback about them which is nice. I’m just enjoying things.
What’s your current project and when do you plan to release it?
My current project is top secret. Release date probably sometime in 2012, that is if we’re all still around.
Who are you wishing to inspire most with your work?
I think I’m most affected by what my son sees. I used to beat myself up for not going to art school, for some reason I thought it was the only way to do this and be happy. But, after my son was born something clicked and I just started doing things. Now I’m enjoying my process. It feels good. So, I hope he’s watching and whatever it is that he ends up loving and having talent for, I hope he goes for it and defines it for himself.
Where can we find your work exhibited right now?
Through October 14th I have a mural and a mix of my original pieces showing at The Blonde Grizzly Gallery on 15 East and 400 South. It’s a group show with two other talented, local artists, Ryan Harrington and David Habben so you should check it out for sure! Other than that, like my www.facebook.com/troyhendersonart for future updates.
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