We had the good fortune of connecting with Snater George and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Snater, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
One quote you can say that I stand by is, “Inhale Expression Exhale Creativity.” It’s a slogan that I have listed on my business cards and my website. The statement came to me while creating a painting on a canvas. As artist, we involuntarily put our passion in to what we do, and it’s always a bold step to share this with the world and be ready to face the criticism. This is why I believe many artist are sensitive about their works. Its a personal experience that’s not always meant for the audience to understand, but to enjoy the mystery of putting it together. Learning the artist true meaning behind why this piece was created. Taking in how, this artist was able to take a thought and vividly provide the audience with a visual story that captivates and leaves you in aww. You can feel the passion and actually see the artist unique way of presenting it. Its history in the making. I think my slogan is pretty fitting. . . .
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Born and raised out of Missouri City, Tx. Creating has always been a passion of mine that I was reluctant to pursue full steam. The scare of stability and of being successful. It has’nt been easy and I’m always learning and learning lessons as I continue this journey. One of my biggest challenges is targeting the audience that is interested in purchasing my work. This is the key to stability, that and being able to continue to produce. I’ve learned the importance of having contracts in place before conducting any task and receiving deposits. I’ve learned that, if this is something you plan to pursue as a career you must be prepared to continue to produce. What helps me with ideas is coming up with one, and creating a series from that. It cuts down tremendously on the cat and mouse game of trying to figure out what you will paint next. This is also how you can make a name for yourself with certain types of art when people are seeking certain types of pieces. My Cigar and Bourbon Series for example. The idea came from painting live in different lounges and events throughout Houston and seeing both men and women take in a good cigar. Now Cigar paintings have been done but it’s a one and done type of thing. My concepts are ongoing and all different. The piece’s appeal to any family’s game room or man cave to a Cigar Lounge or Winery. One of my deepest challenges has been pace. I am not a fast painter, because I am very technical with what I create. This is what sets me aside from other painters. How realistic my creations appear. My work requires body guards people always wanna touch. (LOL). There are many figurative painters in the world, but what sets me aside from others is that I face the challenges others may be weary to, such as the human anatomy. I’ve encountered countless artist whom find difficult painting toes, fingers, you know things that can be avoided depended on composition and how your piece is laid out before you create it. So you will notice with my Cigar and Bourbon series how emphasis is place around the hands lips or face depended on what’s being created at that moment. I just want people to support the art, I can’t pursue the dream without your support BLESSINGS
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Im born and raised here and have been invited to like all the spots in Houston. I mean on Mondays, we would go by the venue I paint at I mean why not Im there. That is Vino Lounge probably leave there and then go by Urban Social. Tuesdays would be a chill day. I would take them by some Houston Hotspots, the Graffitti Wall off Leeland then shoot over to the Art District off of Williams St. There are local arts, pop up shops and markets all in this area. Then we would go by the galleria, they can see the Waterfall and then there is the endless journey of just walking the Galleria. Several food options, Vegan Soulfood, Reggae Hut, Cool Runnings, Turkey Leg Hut, that list goes on. Fast forward to Thursday there is a drive in movie theatre here in Houston now I’ve been meaning to check out, then maybe go by the Aquarium. After that then we do more art stuff. Friday go to Houston Museum of African American Culture, from there Discovery Green, from there journey through minute maid park on a motor scooter. Do the Giant See Saw in front of the George R Brown Convention Center. Saturday indoor skydiving a the location off I10 then more art stuff. hardy and nance area then we would it up Winter Street Silos. Thats an all day event in itself and then grab something to eat from the Food Truck Parking lot on Saturdays at the Fiesta off of South Post Oak and Main/ Hwy 90
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?
I’d want to give a shout out to HMAAC the Houston Museum of African American Culture and staff. They have provided not only me but a number of minority artist with the opportunity to have your work displayed and sold on a stellar platform. It helps, to feel like a step of accomplishment, in where I want to be as an artist, and additional mountains I still have yet to climb I’d also give a shout out to fellow artist, who have always been guided assistance for me when needed. When its something Im new to, but they’ve done it already. Its great knowing I can call Sean the Artist, D Gel Martin the Artist, or Lesley Marie,(just to name a few) if I needed guidance. Not to mention the many supporters whom have purchased my work and those who intend to in the future.
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