Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Gabriel Sanford
by Bree Garcia
GS: My style of art seems to be comprised of the repetition of certain abstract design. However, upon closer examination; the viewer can see that the design shows infinite and subtle variations within the context of the drawing. These designs represent a visual language to me, like a snapshot for an emotion or an idea that develops as I let my imagination flow. Ultimately, they represent an inner dialogue with my creative subconscious.
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
GS: I don’t envision the final product, I just put pen to paper and start drawing. I have found the less of a plan I have the better it turns out. I tend to work on several pieces at one time because as I am working I get an idea for something else I can do. My preferred medium is pen and ink and colored pencils. I don’t feel I follow any specific style although it is mostly abstract.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
GS: Because I have had so many people support and help me over the years I feel a responsibility to help other artists and pass that support on.
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists or those pursuing a career in the arts?
GS: Learn as much as you can about all aspects of the craft you pursue. For example, don’t just learn how to do a drawing but learn how to frame it and show it. Get connected with other artists and get involved with creative organizations and art galleries. If you don’t find your own niche, create it. Resources like Infusion Project are there to help.
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
GS: I have so many good friends that are artists in Sacramento and they all excel in what they do. I couldn’t just pick one to comment on. Artists like Mark Fox and Tony Allen helped me out when I first started showing and I’ll always appreciate that.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
GS: The Infusion Project and Vox Sacramento Art Gallery are great resources.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like to share with our readers?
GS: Sacramento has a great community of artists that really support each other. Don’t just stick with the art galleries thinking that is the only place that shows art. A lot of the best art I have seen were found in spots you wouldn’t think would have art such as gyms, restaurants, cafes, and in parking lots.
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
GS: Vox Sacramento Art Gallery (www.facebook.com/voxsac , www.voxsac.com), facebook page called The Gabriel M. Sanford Project (www.facebook.com/GabrielMSanfordProject) and at The Infusion Project (http://theinfusionproject.com/home/artists/visual/gabriel-sanford/).