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Meet Seth Archuleta of Archuleta Arts in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Seth Archuleta.

Seth, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Seth Archuleta and I am a portrait and figurative artist. I am completely self-taught, and although I have been doing commissions for years, I truly feel like I’m just starting.

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by Southwestern and Native American influenced art. As a small child I always had the proclivity to draw things realistically and seemed to get positive reactions from the adults around me. My dad could draw very realistically, and for that reason I believe my artistic ability was somewhat passed on.

My formal art education consists of independent studies in high school. After high school graduation I moved to Los Angeles to study acting and I have now been here over a decade. Though I have explored other means of artistic expression over time, drawing remains my refuge. I suppose I do portraits for the same reason I studied acting, they are both character studies. Truly considering another person is primarily what interests me.

My commissions generally come from word of mouth, and these days, Instagram. Who I choose to draw for my own personal study is unpredictable. It is either someone I know, someone I’m close to, or simply someone I find interesting. I will sometimes reach out to someone I don’t know from social media, but less frequently.

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?
When you’re a self-taught artist, you truly have to love your chosen craft, especially if it’s not your main source of income. No one is really forcing you to do it. It almost has to be an innate need, otherwise I think it would be difficult to maintain the discipline required. The biggest road block for me so far is the fact that I also have other responsibilities in life. I have to consciously choose art as a priority. Life will try to pull you in different directions. It is a challenge at times, reminding myself of who I really am and focus on that. I also think perfectionism is a road block. Almost every time I post a new work, I still feel like there are a million things wrong with it. Learning to ‘let go’ and allow something to be complete, is a struggle and a process.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Archuleta Arts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am primarily a portrait and figurative artist working with charcoal and pastel on paper… My work leans toward classical realism. I feel I’m adding to an age old tradition in a time when so much is done on a computer. When someone loves my work enough to want it hanging in their home, that’s when I’m most proud.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I see myself continuing portraiture, but less realism. There is an abstract painter in me somewhere really wanting to get messy. The subtext and psychology of my subject really interests me, not just the likeness. I’m excited to see what that looks like. Definitely more color! I will start working with oils soon as well.

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1 Comment

  1. John Stanhope

    September 18, 2018 at 03:40

    Thank you for the interview with Seth Archuleta and the samples of his work. He looks like a strong young talent who should have much to offer in the years to come. I’m impressed with what I see and read of him.

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