By Michael Kaiser
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with David Garza, a talented artist and student at Texas State. He has a double major in marketing and management and a minor in international business. He is also a director at BOKO, the Texas State Marketing Agency.
Garza said he first got into making art while he was living in a dorm at College Inn. He was bored one day, so he decided to go out and buy a bunch of different colored sticky notes. Then, Garza recreated The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh on the windows of his dorm. Since then, he has created a variety of impressive paintings.
Kaiser: What is your creative process like? How do you typically go about creating your paintings?
Garza: Normally people have a specific picture or idea they want. I’ll either make the picture in my style or I’ll show them some concept ideas and they choose one, then I make a finalized digital image. I turn the digital image into a grid and copy each square of the grid onto canvas – it’s like making your own paint by numbers. Paintings can take anywhere from 30-46 hours.
Kaiser: Do you name your paintings?
Garza: Nah, that’s corny as hell.
Kaiser: What kind of music do you like to listen to while you paint?
Garza: Latin music, lo-fi, electro swing, house, oldies. Whatever puts me in a good mood.
Kaiser: What do you dislike most about the art world?
Garza: That I can’t paint on walls. Other than that, there isn’t much to hate on. If you’re hating on art, you’re thinking about it too much.
Kaiser: What other hobbies do you have?
Garza: School and the marketing agency at school take up a lot of my time. I also work out, I like to read a lot, I’m trying to learn French and the piano. I want to learn how to make lo-fi beats for NFTs. I also have a website that I keep updated and advertise my art on.
Garza has been painting for about two years now and I have become a big fan of his art. He often works on multiple commissions at a time and is currently working on five new pieces.
Featured Image by David Garza