August Virtual Studio Tour with Artist Fishboy (RR Clark)
Friday, August 14, 2020
4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Fishboy (RR Clark) paints songs, stories, and dreams. The artist uses wood as his surface, reclaimed whenever possible, and latex house paint augmented with acrylics to create colorful, whimsical, and thought-provoking works of art.
"I am a recycler, so I am always ‘fishing’ for wood and mis-mixed paint. I also am constantly fishing for ideas from dreams, conversations, print resources, and everyday experiences. I carry my phone with me to snap pictures of scenes and images that capture my imagination. As for the 'boy' — well, that’s me, my inner child, the boy I will always be," says the artist.
Fishboy was born in Boise, Idaho where he began drawing as a child and never stopped. He has resided along the West Coast, and for the last twenty-five years, he has been deeply involved with the arts community in Bellingham, his adopted home.
Many of his paintings spring from his sketchbooks. Others, especially his larger works, begin as free-flowing patches of color that take on the characteristic forms and shapes of his imagination. He sees what develops from there — adding and subtracting until he finds his voice and the painting’s voice. For Fishboy, it's all a matter of juxtaposition and light.
“Because I work on wood, the surface can handle a lot of abuse, and I dish it out. I can sand, scratch, over-paint, etc., until I arrive at a composition that speaks to me. Overall — independent of the final work — it's the process of making art that is most important," says Fishboy.
I’m Fran Maas, and I’m the Program Director for this event. Feel free to call me at 360.650.3353 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments. WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact me.