We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Marchand and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For me, taking risks is just a by-product of living a fulfilling existence. I have never been one to be satisfied by my accomplishments. I work hard to reach a goal and I may even stop to celebrate reaching that goal, but then it’s on to the next one. I need endless objectives in my life to keep me going. I tend to get bored and feel worthless when I’m not actively pursuing something. This ambition comes with risks. Sometimes you have to take chances in order to take leaps. I would rather gamble on a new goal and lose, than just be complacent and not know what could have been. With my current art career I have taken a risk. I work hard every day to progress but it’s tough and sluggish. I spent several years in another career that was not fully satisfying. So I decided that the career change was a risk I wanted to take.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art has been evolving over the years and I think it’s finally reached a level that I can be proud of. The current style is some sort of combination of abstract drafting, architecture and graffiti. I think it has a unique sharpness and precision mixed with bold colors that makes it stand out on a wall. It’s been a tedious journey to get to where I am today, and I am not even close to where I want to be yet. I have learned some lessons along the way and I think they will help me in the future. I just hope that the viewer can see the effort and passion that I put into each piece I create.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston has been my home on and off for over 40 years, so I have experienced many of the great things it has to offer. My list of things to do would probably start with a nice morning in Memorial Park Eastern Glades. Then maybe head out to Rockstar Energy Bike Park and ride the bowls. Grab lunch at a Killen’s restaurant. Check out some exhibits at the MFA. Do happy hour at La Luna on Shepherd and then grab dinner at Superica.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My art career story would not be possible without the support of my wife and life partner, Meredith Marchand. She has been my lobster and cheerleader throughout this journey and I owe her many thanks. I would also like to thank Robyn Crowell and Amy Cummins of Gallery Skye in Houston for their willingness to welcome me in to their Gallery and host my first ever featured artist exhibition.