ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Interview with Bryan Palilonis:
Interview with Bryan Palilonis, artist of “Progression Art Gallery”
Raul Folea: Good afternoon, Bryan. Thrilled to be here with you today, in this gorgeous setting, by Lake Champlain, Vermont…where most of your work came to be. I will kindly ask you to introduce yourself for our audience.
Bryan Palilonis: Nice to be here with you as well, Raul. My name is Bryan Palilonis, and I was born in upstate New York, with a really great family background. My mother is a school teacher, and my father is a civil engineer. My sisters and I grew up traveling, camping, and with a lot of outdoor activities. We were always active, always busy.
Raul: Now Bryan, tell me. What part of your childhood do you think gave you the artistic impulse?
Bryan: Well, what brought me closer to art was my mother’s artistic drive. She opened my eyes through music, and trips to the museums like the Metropolitan and the Guggenheim, in New York.
Raul: When did you discover your artistic side and which was the first piece of art you started with?
Bryan: A gentleman on late night television, named Bob Ross would broadcast his lessons nationwide on how to start painting and I said, the way he broke it down wasn’t hard. I said to myself, anyone can do what he is doing with a little practice and repetition. So the next day, I went to the art store, and bought myself some paints and a canvas. That was that. Then, the next thing was that I had to relocate myself for my job. This job was requiring me to start early in morning, so my afternoons were free. So, I found joy in working with wood. The first piece was so-so, and then I just continued to build and acquired more tools, to be more efficient.
Raul: Are there any classical or contemporary artists that have inspired you more or less?
Bryan: Yes, van Gogh is one of my favorites, because of his dedication to finding his own style. His little touches that he has in most of his paintings are unique, the way his brush strokes…it is hard to imagine how many times he touched the canvas. Now if we talk about what trains me, I can say that studying from other artists’ work, is one of the most important steps for your education in what you are doing. You have to start somewhere, because you cannot learn without a good teacher. Now regarding me, I can say that I am lucky to have two excellent parents as teachers, who I want to thank for this, one more time.
Raul: From which period do you think your work is from and where is it heading?
Bryan: I would say modern, because I love landscapes which give the dimensional effect of our planet and I am practicing to define my own style.
Raul: Having said this, what is the message you want to send others, through your work?
Bryan: The only thing I want to tell people is that anybody can do it. You just have to have the ‘want’ and not worry about what other people think and not be worried about your work being used by others, because we are only on planet Earth to learn and teach.
Raul: What do you think about publishing your work as an art gallery both on paper and online? What do you think the impact will be to art lovers around the world?
Bryan: It is interesting, new, and hopefully, everyone will like it. Hopefully it inspires people to show their artistic abilities to other engaged humans, because it is the fastest way to connect other beings into today’s present world. I also cordially invite any artist, which will love to have their work published by Virgo eBooks, to come join us.
Raul: Thank you.
Correspondent American Press Association