Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Westover.
Todd, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always drawn and sketched, but didn’t take it seriously until I started painting with my two young children. At first, trying to use up the paint they abandoned, I painted shapes that reflected my love of 60’s pop culture imagery. The flowers can be traced back to a doodle I often drew as a kid on school notebooks, then later during business meetings as an adult. Six years ago I started painting on canvas and scraps of wood I found on the street. The paintings still make me very happy.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Someone once said “If you could transcribe my paintings into music, they’d be symphonies. It’s as though they reach beyond the purely visual toward the musical, as though you could hear them if you only had the ears for it. So musical, you could practically dance to them, spontaneous yet perfectly composed.” That sounds about right as I usually paint to jazz or Johann Sebastian Bach.
My work is meant to be an affirmation of life. A celebration of the love within. It is the visual expression of what is inside of me but, also works on others to bring out their happiness and love of life. It was influenced strongly by falling in love as I started to grow the doodle into a mature vision of the happiness I was feeling.
My goal is to spread beauty. I picture skyscrapers and bridges covered in my flowers. I’ve noticed their appeal spans generations. People smile when they look at my paintings. The one comment I hear most often is, “It makes me happy.” Just what I was going for.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
My work is not affected by the news except maybe as a place of retreat. I will leave the job to other artists to expose the corruption and hate in our world today. I’m thankful they are out there. I’ll show the love and happiness.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am available for studio visits by appointment at my loft in The Brewery Arts Complex near downtown Los Angeles. Original paintings, framed and unframed prints, apparel, and greeting cards can be purchased there or through these avenues:
- Address: 2100 N Main st #B14, Los Angeles, CA 90031
- Website: www.westovertodd.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: westovertodd
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toddwestoverart
Personal photo by Genie Davis