How old are you?
What is the primary medium you work in?
Acrylic Gouache these days.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Oil Paints. You just can’t beat the richness of color and the quality of light.
What is your favorite subject matter?
I like all things monsters and Halloweeny.
What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I mostly use Holbein Acryla Gouache these days. It mixes nicely, dries fast and matte, and it’s easy to clean.
What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
For anyone interested in acrylic gouache I would really just recommend getting a couple of tubes (black, white, and yellow ochre are great because they play really well together) and just try it out. It doesn’t have the reactive quality of traditional gouache so it’s a lot more forgiving when you start out.
How and when did you start creating artwork?
I have been making art for as long as I can remember. I don’t recall any point in my life when it wasn’t something that I was passionate about.
If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Be more open to other people’s feedback and don’t be afraid to push past what you think you are capable of.
If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I actually got my degree in character animation and it’s a medium that I have always loved. So having the time to put my personal creative vision into an animated form sounds so wonderful and fulfilling to me.
What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
I have so many creative pursuits (art, animation, photography, games, sculpting, music) it would be great to find a passion project that could showcase as much of that as possible.
Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday?
Halloween reigns supreme. Bring it on!
What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion?
My fondest memories of Disneyland as a kid centered around The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. It ties together so many of the things I love. The atmosphere, the humor, the creep factor!
Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion?
That’s a tough one to pick but I would have to go with the graveyard scene. There’s so much to see.
The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay?
I know I saw it but I don’t remember it at all. Can I go with a “meh”?
Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday?
Haunted Mansion Holiday is great but I always look forward to when the original goes back up. It’s a classic for a lot of good reasons.
Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion?
We took my son to Disneyland for the first time when he was six months old. One of the things that I wanted to do with him was take him through The Haunted Mansion. He was a champ! No crying, didn’t get scared at all. He just soaked it all in like a little baby sponge. It just meant a lot to me to be able to share something with my kid that’s meant so much to me through my life.
Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home?
I keep offering!
Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
Yes. I love the what the Artist Lodge does and the themes are always really fun to take part in. This is actually my fourth show with the team. Previously I was in the Monster Mash show, The Marvel Tribute Gallery, and the Tim Burton show. Lots of fun.
Where can readers find your work?
I hang out on Instagram a lot. @tbeardart
Anything else you’d like to add?
Hurry back. Hurry baaaaaaack…
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