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Artist of the Week: Rock

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 And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Rock: As a kid, I shared my bedroom (open basement) with my father's art studio. It's always been around, it's in my blood.

Do you work with other mediums?
I've had a lot of fun in the past, but not anymore, just oils.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I paint with oils on glass. I start by mixing my colors, then spreading/schmearing them across the glass. I take another piece of glass, and by manipulating the direction, pressure, flow, vacuum, etc. across the surface of the first, I create patterns of chaos, fractals and flowing liquids. Depending on the piece, additional layers are added.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
Deep inside. It's a meditation, a flow, an ecstasy.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Large vistas, dendrite patterns, fluid dynamics — serendipity!

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
El Greco's St. Martin and the Beggar.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Growing up in the shadow of my father, going to war in Vietnam, traveling, joining the Peace Corps, going to Burning Man and learning about life from immigrants and refugees from around the world in my career as an ESL instructor at CBC.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
COVID-19, eh? I'm isolating myself and photographing macro details of my paintings. We'll see where it goes.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
The only way to take a good cuppa is a double shot of espresso with a shot of half-and-half. I call it "The Rock."