We had the good fortune of connecting with George Strasburger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi George, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
My favorite quality for my success is perseverance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Scranton, PA. My first artistic influences were the murals in the Catholic Church I attended as a child, admiring and studying the parables and the anatomy. I have a classical approach. My large-scale oil paintings begin with drawings, which make visual for me the finished work in my mind’s eye. My compositions, and my combination of loose and tight brushwork are all in service to the story. My paintings are my “take” on the human condition, focusing on the common and the good. My characters often perform tasks or engage in activities that to me depict an act or a need that is elemental. I values beauty and I hope to reveal existential truth. I currently live and paint full time in Tucson AZ. I am a late bloomer. Most of my adult life I spent too much time lamenting the challenges. Something changed for me in my 50s and I became more passionate and responsible for my career, embracing all the challenges. I love outreach! My work is generally so solitary, it’s fun to see people and discuss my work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m mostly about art. So I lead them to galleries, studios and museums. I love to eat out and don’t need much of an excuse to do it. The Lodge on the Desert, Augustine, The Clifton to name a few. I’d take them on hikes to Tumamoc Hill, and Picacho Peak. We might enjoy the malls or some festivals if they’re into that kind of thing. There’s a lot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I like The Sculpture Resource Center, Galler2Sun, Contreras Gallery.