We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Trieckel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robert, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Knowing when to be a stick-in-the-mud and not know when to give up is hard to recognize, personally I’m really stubborn and have a hard time knowing when to throw in the towel on a project that’s not going anywhere or a piece of art that won’t take shape the way i want it to. I always find that when you feel like you’re beating your head against a wall to make something happen is a good place to say “ya know what I’m done, I’ll come back to it some other time”, cause given time and distance I always see more clearly how something will come together better.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is very much an extension of me, its odd, out there, and blend many different styles depending on how I feel like drawing or painting. Professionally, building a living out of doing art is HARD work and its never easy, sure there are time when contract and gigs are rolling in one after the other but then there are the days where there’s nothing for months on end, and its those days that hurt the most. Those days, are when i realize that having a stable second job is the life line that i learned early on that I needed to help me stay afloat financially. Even after all that I still plug away at my artwork and put it out there for people to see and slowly but surely more gigs will find there way towards me.

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 not one for going out very much, so I can’t give the best opinion on night life or anything like that, what i can say is that visiting Sedona is the prettiest and most serene thing anyone could do. Even just driving around the area and taking in the sites is nice.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I achieve nothing without the support of my family and those I call friends.

Website: http://trieckel.artstation.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/trieckel85
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rtrieckel
Other: Some of my prints can be found at https://displate.com/trieckel

Image Credits
All images are created and painted by me, Robert Trieckel.

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