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Meet Nicholas Bonamy of Nicholas Bonamy in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Bonamy.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been interested in art and making things since I was a child and had very supportive parents who encouraged me to draw and enrolled me in art classes through high school. Living in Pasadena allowed me to take classes at Art Center Saturday High, and after a couple years at UCSB I ended up back at Art Center where I earned a BFA in Illustration.

After Art Center, It was time to figure out how to make a living as an artist which I’m still struggling with today. After many years of doing odd jobs in between illustration and graphic design gigs, a family friend asked me if I wanted to try art directing a series of short films he was working on. It was a great experience, I learned a lot of new tricks and how to manage a team, and I spent about 10 years, designing, building and dressing sets for the mostly low budget, mostly horror, independent film projects destined for the internet and a little cable tv here and there.

After that, I took some time off to focus on painting pictures to hopefully show and sell in a gallery. I spent about 3 years developing the style and process that I use today, and after that, I was out of money and needed a full-time job. Since then I have been working at Thingergy Inc., a special effects company where we make things for the entertainment industry. In my ever-dwindling spare time, I continue to paint and show my work. I have a show at Gabba Gallery on September 8.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road, but I have found that as long as I keep working, things tend to work out. Sometimes it is hard to start something when you have no idea if it’s going to work or if someone else will see it and want to buy it.

The most important thing is to just keep working and to keep making stuff. If you don’t make mistakes, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. The biggest struggle is just managing to pay the bills. Once that is done, I’m fine and all I have to do is manage my time so that I can complete projects. Unfortunately, this lifestyle doesn’t leave much time for vacations, and many of my relationships have suffered because I have to spend so much time working.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Nicholas Bonamy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m known for painting pretty pictures of Los Angeles. I use bright colors and lots of layers, and I choose views that are not something you would see on a postcard. Most of my ideas come from just driving around the city and looking/being distracted. With my painting process I try to create a layered effect that captures an impression of light, but with colors, you wouldn’t necessarily see naturally and also tries to give the viewer a feeling of time passing.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Keep painting, keep making stuff, keep learning new things and if I ever feel like I’m not learning, It’s probably time to do something else, but for now, I’m just going to keep working, and building on what I’ve done.


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