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Art & Life with Paxton Maroney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paxton Maroney.

Paxton, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It’s difficult to know where to start:) It’s been a long road. As an artist though, I began by entering open calls. I was invited to show in New Texas Talent at Craighead Green years ago and that felt like the start to something that has been a magical road ever since, here locally. I have shown all over the US and even at the louvre. But Dallas is where I have found the community of artists that I cherish and where I call home. I have also loved working with Art Conspiracy in the past. My friend Lisa Rasely introduced me to ArtCon when I was just starting out and for the first time in my life I felt like I found my people:) Only took 30 some odd years; It’s incredible to look back and see all of those tiny seeds that were planted that led to greater things. I love being a working artist. It feeds my soul.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a conceptual artist. My surreal photography invites the outside world to step inside snapshots of my dreams. For several years, I have woken up from vivid dreams, often in the middle of the night, and drawn the images composed on the backs of my eyelids. At times, I even engage in lucid dreaming throughout the day as I “train my brain” to create new chimera for my portraiture. Then, when I have scouted out the perfect location, I’ll begin painstakingly reconstructing the scenes of my subliminal imagination.

I typically do massive constructed imagery. Numerous images photographed either in the same location or all over, digitally painted together, to create that one final scene from my dreams. It’s not a collage. It’s technically created to look correct as if I photographed it in one shot. There’s more depth to the image this way. It’s tedious. But I love process and my process is long;) I become the art director of my own works. The new exhibition coming up is a little different of a process where I am digitally painting onto the imagery and when I have a date set I will most certainly post that online. I’m extremely excited to show them.

All of the work involved with those artworks has allowed me to start working with creative clients in a way I never dreamed I could. I absolutely love bringing visions to life for someone else. I work with musicians, writers, designers, architects, actors, publishers… and the list goes on.

Here are just a few things of what I offer clients:
COMPOSITING | RETOUCHING | POST ARTWORK | POST COLOR EDITS | CONCEPTUAL/SURREAL PORTRAITS | PUBLICITY IMAGES | HEADSHOTS | ALBUM COVER ART | COMMISSIONED ART | ART DIRECTION | PERSONAL BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY

I dabble in mixed media as well including watercolor & sculptures. On top of those endeavors I also manage and rent out my studio by the hour for photography/videography needs. There is a link on my website:)

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Hmmmm, what do I think about conditions for artists today? That is ever changing like the waves in the ocean. I personally enjoy working with galleries but that isn’t always the best choice for an artist. Sometimes it’s better to be independent of representation.

It kind of depends on your medium and personality I think. Being an artist will never be easy. There is no such thing as easy. Not only do you need to constantly be making work… you need to be making good work. Do not put something out there you are unsure of or that doesn’t define who you are as an artist. This is your soul on a piece of paper. What do you want to share with the world? Cities like ours can encourage and help artists thrive by simply hiring local artists. There are community art pages on fb and even searching the hashtag #dallasartist… you never know what you will find. You will find that working within your community and supporting locally you will receive more ambitious, more dedicated and more than likely better creative work. We are very proud to work in the city we love.

For the artists, just find trustworthy people to work with. Sounds easy right? Not really. You will get burned along the way, possibly a few times, before you get to the place you are supposed to be. It will make you stronger, I promise, because you have your work and your voice to get out there. It’s important for people to see and experience. Just keep pushing forward. I still am:)

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see all of my work, minus the new exhibition coming up, on my website www.paxtonmaroney.com
Instagram is probably where I spend most of my social media time;) You get to see travel imagery there or just behind the scenes. You are welcome to schedule a viewing of my art through me. I have many hanging in my studio currently. You can also order limited edition prints just by messaging me online or emailing me at paxtonmaroney@icloud.com or inquire through the contact form on my website.

Collectors are always welcome to the studio to see the work and to see where it’s being created:) I do also have a fundraiser being held here for additional support for my upcoming exhibition. You can read my story here https://fundly.com/solo-exhibition-fundraiser-2018 and support and/or donate. I appreciate it all.

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© 2018 Paxton Maroney

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