Gwendolyn Glover

Gwendolyn Glover
Westerville, Ohio,
June 19
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * "Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted." ~Sylvia Plath


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AUGUST 7, 2009 4:31PM

A Portrait of the Artist as Philosopher

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"Interview with David DeRosa, artist"

What do you love about being an artist?

Wow. Went right for the jugular there, didn’t ya? Humph. This is a hard question to answer without either coming off as pretentious or crazy or both -- BUT here goes. I love slipping out of reality… of cutting myself loose of the tether of my everyday and letting the madness take me where it will. It’s freedom in the purest sense of the term. More than that, it’s an altered state of consciousness that transcends above the banality of mere existence, thereby allowing me the chance to tap into something that’s almost god-like. It’s the only place where I feel a true sense of oneness and connectivity, which is why I tend to be awkward in person. I’m just biding my time until I can get back in front of my easel and let go...  

What is the creative process like for you?

Therapy. Truly. Mixing paint… organizing my brushes and prepping a fresh panel… laying out my drawing… making sure I’m saying what I feel I ought to be saying and then analyzing whatever particular color harmony I’m going for… It’s like mentally hitting the reset button.  

What inspires you to create your “POP Impressionism” while still holding to the traditional painting techniques set by the old masters?

I never set out with some kind of grand plan to specifically create the work I create the way I create it. I just follow my instinct and let the piece tell me what it needs. It wasn’t until I looked back on those early paintings and considered my influences that I put on my marketing hat and finally gave it a name.


gun moll   

Do your paintings ever surprise you when they are finished?

Yes, no and sometimes. Sometimes an idea is vague and I have to knead it a while before it takes shape. In which case, yes the outcome can be quite surprising. Other times, I can see the idea clearly on the panel before I even get the paint down so then no; I’m not surprised at all. But recently, I have been working more organically, letting the elements of my paintings come to fruition unsupervised. Put simply; sometimes I see it coming and sometimes I don’t.   

I know that you’re an avid reader and a music aficionado. Does a certain song or book ever influence your work?

With books, usually, no. Not unless I’ve been charged with an illustration. In which case the process is very cut and dry: Translate the key point of a story into an all encompassing image… hopefully, without spoiling the end. Music, on the other hand, is art’s conjoined twin. Without one, I can’t do the other. When I’m painting, I play whatever music I feel compliments the piece. Is it spiritual? Then get me some classical, like Beethoven or Rachmaninoff. Diving into pure color and design? Mingus. Davis. Reinhardt. Making some social commentary? Black flag. Social D. Rage Against the Machine. My playlist is FREAKY huge, like nearly almost kinda infinite.


 Who are your heroes?

Michelangelo. Caravaggio. Rodin. Mucha. Coles Phillips. J.C. Leyendecker. Dali. Bill Alexander… Hey! Someone should totally make artist cards! Y’know, like baseball cards? Only way cooler.  

Tell us a little bit of what’s in the future for David DeRosa?

I shook up the magic eight ball and all it said was: “Ask again later.”  

What advice would you give beginning artists?

Have a point. Be honest, be articulate. Also, paint is toxic -- don’t lick your brushes. 

 If you had a super power, what would it be?

Telekinesis, totally.




(The images really didn't translate very well. For a better view, please check out David's website:

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Yeah, that licking the brushes thing is a nasty lesson to learn. ;) Wonderful introduction and insight to your husband. I understand his point of view completely and enjoy his talent! Great post.
Great art and a great interview. Congrats!
fantastic. if i ever get conscious, i'll write a real comment.
Thanks! I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I'm so friggin' proud of my husband and want everyone else to know how amazing and talented he is. I hope you all will check out his bio and such on his website.
The profile gives me reason to see you as the model here, fantastic work with color and form.
Again, I love interviews that explore the creative process! I like what he says about "mentally hitting the reset button." Also the eight ball answer which is the only real answer to that question. I'm with him on the artists' cards, too! Nice work, Gwendolyn. (My husband would love if I interviewed him -- anyone want to hear about electrical engineering? --, neither.)
Very cool, Gwendolyn. Let us know about any upcoming Chicago events.
Echoing Nora about events---and don't loose that Artists Cards idea--that is really cool!
How cool is this?! Thanks for posting this. Teh website is really awesome. I have to add that my favorite is "Adam's Apple". to think that we all share that forbidden knowledge now in the digital age. I've always wondered at the whole - he just saw their nakedness bit. Then wondered; well, if not that, then what was learned? It resonated the most. Thanks again!

his work is so excellent, as was reading about him through you. just excellent. thanks.
Aw shucks! Thanks everyone!! :)
Thank you for sharing David's thoughts with us. And thanks, as well, for the link to his website. Really wonderful stuff, and I like the ones you chose to highlight here. I never cease to be amazed at great talent.
As someone who, after years and years of study, has graduated to stick figures, I stand in awe of your husband's talent. Nice interview.
oh, sweetheart, this is so lovely. your husband is a very cool guy. and talented and funny!!! sorry i'm not more articulate today. i love his art and that's a fabulous name for it. love the colors, love the music he chooses. love you for asking him all the right questions. excellent, piece, guys. love lvoe lvoe and so much gratitude for you having my back, girl.
I have this to say. I'm really loving that first painting of his. If I were at a show and saw this, I would buy it period.

I'd haggle a little, but I'd buy it ;)

It would be chilling in my living room.

Well done interview
Great interview to a very talented man. The description of his creative process is fascinating; it´s very similar to the creative process in writing from what I´ve read by other OSers who write.
I´ve visited his webpage and his work is very good. Congratulations, proud wife!
What an amazing, cool guy! What a great interview! Thanks for the introduction to him. And his work really is art - what beautiful talented people you both are!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Please tell others about his website. If you like art, check out his links page. There are some great artists there as well.
Hey, Nice to meet your husband. And nice to meet you, too!!! Rated
Husband? Husband?

Well, I still think you're hot without your glasses.

He's a lucky painter dude.
Enjoyed the paintings and the conversation.
Interesting post and looks like you found quite a catch! But, me thinks he is also very lucky! I loved reading this since I took up painting recently. You'll see it in my next post....
What a lot of talent in one couple!