I am an Artist: Michael Herring


1. Why are you an artist?
Because I accidentally drew a proper monster truck in grade school and surprised myself. Once I made that early jump from drawing height/length to height/length/width with perspective and all that, I decided I should investigate further.

2. Is there a concept behind your work? If so, please tell us about it.
Frustration about the way things are and the difficulty of changing myself to adapt to them. Most of my art involves symmetry and layers, which I mean to relate to nature and the processes of thinking and living in the current time.


3. Why do you use the medium that you use?
Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint are easy to set up and clean up. There’s not a large barrier to beginning and finishing work sessions. Also, many layers of acrylic paint creates interesting textures.

4. How do you come up with ideas/compositions for your artwork?
I just start drawing/painting lines. Usually I’ll start with a face/skull in the middle and go from there, but sometimes I’ll just throw wild lines down. The process is important, as the initial forms lead to others until the piece is eventually finished.

5. What does the face represent to you? (you seem to use it a great deal in your work.)
The face/skull works as a crutch upon which I use to throw color, brushwork, and color fields. I was inspired very early by the artwork of Pushead and Derek Riggs for Metallica and Iron Maiden, respectively. Since I was exposed to Abstract Expressionism, I’ve been trying to create decent abstract pieces and color fields. This goal is still in progress, and the face with abstract elements acts as an acceptable compromise.


6. What is the role of the artist in our society? and in Colorado?
The role of the artist is to educate and/or agitate through their own form of expression. A good piece of art goes beyond its initial creation and encourages a response from viewers.

Luis Jimenez’ Blue Mustang at the Denver International Airport is an excellent example of provoking a reaction in viewers, both positive and negative.

Since I’ve only been in the state for two years, I’m still trying to figure out my role in Colorado. Perhaps to offer an additional alternative to traditional Western- and wildlife-themed art.

7. Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?
Painting more often and exhibiting at least four times per year.

8. What are your ultimate goals as an artist?
It would be nice to see art involving skulls and horns not be perceived as evil. I’d like to show more drawings and paintings to people who are willing to look at them. And making more money with my artwork than my web development would be chill.


9. What does art mean to you?
To me, art is a mysterious way of putting intangible ideas into form using time and materials, hopefully initiating some sort of response from viewers.

Website: http://michaelherringdesign.com/

2 Responses to “I am an Artist: Michael Herring

  • Loved this insight into Michael’s work and process — he’s so talented, so I’m psyched to see this exposure!

  • Awsome images, awesome words! Keep on rockin Michael Herring!