Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Milo Redwood: I'd been making art for decades, but after embarking on an experiment in 2010 to create 1,000 12 x 12's on an illustration board with music and mixed media (oil, oil pastel, watercolor and acrylics), I fell completely and madly in love with acrylic painting. I finished up in 18 months and from that moment on — Painting is Life.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
The studio is my stage. I turn up the music — Monk, Mozart, Be Bop, B-52s or whatever, light cedar incense, crack a beer for communion and go into a trance. Then I start throwing paint. We call this "Lyrical Expressionism."
Tell us about where your inspiration comes from.
I don't wait for Inspiration. What I like to do is take dead materials, i.e., brush, paint and canvas, and I breathe into it. So the real word is "aspire," which means I breathe life into the materials.
Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
I paint what I am.
Do you have one piece that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
"Blue Serenade" is the only painting that started out with an idea. I wanted to see what 100 different blues — each one mixed on their own — would look like. So I laid down a grid of 100, thoroughly got bored at about 78, and then made these figures in the middle, proving that my work is truly unintentional even when staring with an intention. So it has a little bit of a story, but it's very personalized. I don't intend on selling this painting.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
An ugly childhood, ages 10-18, after which I slowly began dedicating my Life to Beauty. Now art and music are the essential paths to my bottom line: Joy.
If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
The best way is a studio visit in Port Townsend which can be arranged by contacting us at MiloRedwoodArt.com or follow us on Instagram @MiloRedwoodArt. If you prefer a gallery experience, you can see my work in Coda Gallery in Palm Desert to start.
What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
I'm always most excited about what I'm painting now, though if you asked "B," my art dealer, he'd probably have something to say about our collectors experiencing my work in augmented reality, international partnerships and future exhibitions...blah blah blah.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)