Hello, this week for the interviews we have Steven Daily. He was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and talk to us. Mr. Daily has painted a ribbon of bows and a track of scars across the North American continent, working with thousands of interesting human beings in the process. Some of the astonishing entities who have withstood the physical presence of our intrepid explorer of dreams and nightmares include Disney, Sony, Slave Labor Graphics and HBO. All those who retain the steady hand and fine line of Steven James Daily for purposes related to commerce or art find as much satisfaction in the result as Mr. Daily does in the craft. Every piece staves off decay while adding new layers to the compost of culture, creating updrafts of creativity that reach far beyond the space in which you view the art. A broad landscape of modern culture and the wreckage of the ghosts of history; this is what the eyes of Steven James Daily have seen and this is what his works reflect.
SXH- Where are you from and what can you tell us about your hometown?
SD- I Really don’t have a home town, like a lot of kids in the eighty’s, my Mom and step dad moved around a lot.I think They were always trying to run and start over some place new, when things got rough. I spent a considerable amount of time in Georgia, Illinois and numerous cities in California. I had four different high schools and two different middle schools. When I turned nineteen I was fed up with my family’s “Gypsy tendencies” and spent most of my time in Riverside California where I was born. It’s really hot and gross, its where people go to buy houses for lower and live comfortably on a middle class income and all the smog and shit collects there from the city. But there’s a small scene that’s pretty genuine, and a lot of bros!
SXH- As a kid, what did you want to be growing up?
SD- An Artist, A Ninja, A Green beret, or a Rock-star.
SXH-Who or what do you look at for inspiration?
SD- Life, love, depression, hate, greed, Government, oddities, taxidermy, anatomicae, video games, media, conspiracy theory’s
SXH- Where’s your studio?
SD- Right now it’s the dinning room of my apt. it’s crowded and not well ventilated.
SXH- Describe a typical work day:
SD- I work ungodly hours. Wake up drink coffee, troll the net, answer emails. If I am inspired I’ll do warm up sketches, or sometimes I’ll have that creative hang over and start painting right away Because I can’t wait to get back to it. Then I micro manage my hours between paining illustrations, Personal work, and graphic design.
SXH- What materials do you usual work in?
SD- Acrylic and oil, and lately a lot of Graphite and Bristol.
SXH- What is your all time favorite painting?
SD- That’s like picking a favorite super hero. There’s so many, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601-1602. It is housed in the Sanssouci of Potsdam, Germany Epiphany I: Gottfried Helnwein
SXH- What do you do when you’re not making art?
SD- Hiking, Play video games, Hang with friends, go to art shows, watch tv and movies.
I wish I could still skate board but my bones are old and I have this thing called fear now, it’s weird.
SXH- Is there any Artist or Illustrator you would like to collaborate with?
SD- Well I all ready got to do a little collaboration with Michael hussar that was awesome!
Your self, Dan Quintana, Mark Ryden, Crayola, Eric white. There’s a lot of people out there that would be fun to collaborate with.
SXH- What are you working on now and what’s in the future for you?
SD- A new show, some group shows, some illustrations, some designs, and some custom toys. Who knows what the future holds, every year I am blessed to be able to grow and stay dedicated and afloat. But I am real anxious to see what’s next. Untill then I’ll keep traveling the river and see where I end up.
SXH- Important non related question here: Sabbath or Zepplin?
SD- Sabbath the zepplin. I like both. But sabbath has less hippie overtones.
SXH- Coffee or tea?
SD- Coffee, but I really like tea as well.
SXH-Music, talk radio, books on tape or golden silence
SD- Net flix live streaming, Podcasts. music.
To see more of Steven’s work, please visit his myspace page
Check out his drawings in action at Sketch Theatre