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Meet Wes Aderhold

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wes Aderhold.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Wes. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had a fascination with faces and emotion. I draw pages upon pages of people. Art was always a way for me to express myself without fear of rejection or judgment. I wasn’t responsible for being anyone when I was creating. It was an escape.

Over the years, I stretched my muscles in different techniques, mediums, ideas and will continue to do that for as long as I’m able to create. I think as an artist, you should be in a constant state of learning.

I’ve been fortunate enough to sell to private collectors as well as work with the talented Portia de Rossi and her company General Public.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the biggest struggle is that people don’t always understand or appreciate your work.

In the beginning, I had grand ideas of the way I wanted something to look and may not have had the wherewithal to pull it out of me to the level I envisioned.

The other journey, not only as an artist but as a young person, is figuring out who you are and what you have to say. I struggled a great deal when I was younger trying to find myself. The wonderful thing though, was that I always had art as a tool to help me figure that out.

Please tell us more about your art.
I work primarily in acrylic and oil pastels but I’m not limited to one medium. I would describe my work as modern cubism – it’s abstract but figurative.

There is a story behind everything I create, a social commentary, I like to challenge the norm, play with fear and sexuality, and explore relationships. Art is therapeutic — I’m sorry for all my feelings.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the endless amount of talent in this city – designers, chefs, artists, actors, directors, dancers. I love how you can be at the beach or in the mountains in the same day. The galleries in this city are incredible. I love the history of this city – I’m completely enamored by Old Hollywood. I’m not a big car fan, but I am a big fan of singing in the car.

I dislike how isolating this city can be, particularly because of the need to be in a car. You aren’t interacting with people on the streets as often, that is why I try and walk everywhere I can. It’s so much easier to be inspired when you are out and about.

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Image Credit:
Jack Juliar (@jackjunk)

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