Russell Shoemaker received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Before completing his MFA at the University of Connecticut, Shoemaker began his MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Inbetween he spent a year at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project residency. Shoemaker has exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows. Check his website for more.
“I had a professor tell me once that I just needed to make fifty of the same painting so that I could get it right, and every time I hear the phrase ‘get it right’ I think of that. I disagree entirely, while I’m bound to repeat myself, especially since art making is an excavation process, I like to have works with slight variety that can have a conversation with one another. Getting something ‘Right’ to me is treating each painting from an individual standpoint. Sometimes I think that treating the painting like it has a genetic code and I’m just trying there to push it where it needs to go. That may sound overwrought, but my worst paintings are the paintings I force my will onto, instead of listening, looking, and guiding it. Clearly that doesn’t mean I have no control over where the painting goes – I do -it’s what I’m creating. But it’s hard enough to even know myself fully let alone what I create, thats getting it right to me.” – Russel (via Interview with mwcapacity)