Hard question to answer. I think certain people are just inclined to be creative, whether it’s visual, performing or making music. I could never see myself in a suit and tie everyday or doing some sort of tech work. I like to make things that I think people will enjoy.
In the Studio with John Tolomei
I’ve always had an artistic streak in me. But I really got jazzed about art and non digital photography in high school and have been doing it in some form or another ever since.
My most important tool, hands down, is my camera. The camera is how I make my “sketches” before transforming the image ideas into a painting or drawing. However, I do make drawings and paintings that are completely made up with no camera involved.
I have to have music in the studio while I work. Or maybe a podcast or baseball game when baseball is in season. I need some sort of background noise.
The least favorite part of my process is running out of a material (paint, pencil, etc.) and then have to wait for a replacement. Also, spending hours working on a piece that doesn’t quite come together and then throwing it out. Not a good feeling.
My favorite part is watching the development and transformation of a piece as it comes to life.
Take a look around John’s studio