RESiN: Where were you Born?
MARTY CALABRESE: I was born in South Florida.
RESiN: Where do you reside?
MARTY CALABRESE: I’ve been in Melbourne, Florida for the past 15 years now.
RESiN: How old were you when you realized you had artistic talent?
MARTY CALABRESE: When I was about 10 years old, my parents signed me up for oil painting classes where we use the same techniques as Bob Ross the happy painter from T.V.
RESiN: What was your first completed piece of?
MARTY CALABRESE: I think it was a lighthouse scene with birds and waves in it.
RESiN: Is that when you knew that is what you wanted to do with your life?
MARTY CALABRESE: No, it was not until I fell in Love with Surfing several years later that I really started getting into Art and Photography.
RESiN: How would you describe your own work in a sentence?
MARTY CALABRESE: I like to paint popular surfing locations, and at times imaginary locations, using bright and vivid colors that really grab your attention when you walk in the room.
RESiN: What style of painting are you? More than 1 which is your favorite?
MARTY CALABRESE: I try to create realistic art to the best of my ability with a touch of colorful surrealism mixed in.
RESiN: Who are some of your favorite artists?
MARTY CALABRESE: At the present time, I’m really digging Ashton Howard, Phil Roberts, Hilton Alves, Patrick Parker, Wayne French, Omar Ortiz, Scott Christensen, and Johnny Coopwood. It changes often though.
RESiN: What kind of schooling have you had?
MARTY CALABRESE: I finished High School and got an Associates Degree in business at a community College.
RESiN: What or who inspires you to paint and what you paint?
MARTY CALABRESE: The Love of Surfing and Traveling is what inspires me the most to keep painting, but when it makes someone happy to hang a piece of my art or a print on their walls, it really reminds me of why I Love doing what I do.
RESiN: Where would you like to be with your art career in 5 yrs?
MARTY CALABRESE: It would be nice to get more of my paintings into some art galleries on a regular basis, while doing more big art shows. I also have a plan of moving my home base to Central America in the coming years, where I can Surf more and keep the Inspiration flowing and evolving.
RESiN: How do you want your art to be seen or described by other people?
MARTY CALABRESE: Bold, Eye Catching, Realistic, Stands Out, Inspiring, any of these are nice comments to me.
RESiN: Do you have any advice or wise words for up and coming artists?
MARTY CALABRESE: Even though I have been painting for many years, I still consider myself a amateur in the Art World. I have been working my way up from the bottom, by doing local art shows and events. It’s a constant learning process. Some months good and some not, but that seems to be part of the process. As long as I enjoy what I am doing, I know I’m heading in the right direction.
RESiN: What is the most expensive piece you ever sold?
MARTY CALABRESE: As of now it is $800.00 for a larger piece I did.
RESiN: What are you working on right now?
MARTY CALABRESE: I just finished painting a spot in Puerto Rico called Gas Chambers, I’m about to stick a new canvas on the easel to start a new one, but still not sure whats next though.
RESiN: Anything you would like to plug?
MARTY CALABRESE: I just built a new website on my own, and I update it often with new art and a few time lapse videos of some of my painting coming to life. You can see it at www.artbymartycalabrese.com I also have a facebook page called – Marty’s Surfing Inspired Art.
RESiN: Are you presently making your living as an Artist? Do you have advice for artists who would like to also do this?
MARTY CALABRESE: I’m trying to make it work full time, thats my goal anyway. It can be a struggle at times, guess thats where the Starving Artist expression comes from. It seems to ebb and flow with the seasons. You just have to set goals and get out there and believe in yourself. The more events you attend and people you meet the better. It takes time to get your name out there, but you always have to create art that people will talk about or refer you to others for.
RESiN: If you could go anywhere in the world to paint or teach, where would you go?
MARTY CALABRESE: Australia is on top of my list, next would be Indonesia.
RESiN: If you were not doing art what would you be doing?
MARTY CALABRESE: Most likely would be involved in the surf industry somehow. Maybe fixing up and remodeling houses or running a organic food farm. Fruits and Veggies.
RESiN: How has your work evolved over the years?
MARTY CALABRESE: I would like to think my paintings have come a long way. I’ve learned to take more time with my art, and knowing when to consider a piece finished or not. I have learned a lot of new techniques along the way, but it is a constant learning process, everything from mixing colors to different brush strokes. Artist tend to be their own worst critics at times.