We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Hedemann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Matisse is one of my favorite artists and he said, ‘What I dream of is an art of balance.” I focus on balancing my life and my work follows suit. The balance is very important. The attention should be on the qualitative things and putting the most energy into those, e.g., family, health, friends and integrity. Over time, I’ve realized that balancing these with the idiosyncrasies of life is an art itself. My art is a direct result of this….the better the balance the better the art. Keeping a sense of humor and painting this way keeps me inspired, passionate, and working constantly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Willem de Kooning said, “Everything is already in art. Like a big bowl of soup. Everything is in there already, and you stick your hand in and you find something for you.” I believe every artist should be uniquely expressive. I paint my life and my interests are universal, e.g., art history, television, film, literature, etc. That said, I snatch what catches my eye and put it into my paintings. I’m excited every day to see what new adventure is to come and to see what could present itself as a picture. I was lucky to have been given a shot by an über collector who had the foresight to take a chance on an unknown. It wasn’t easy, but the more I put myself out there with an open mind, the connections, collaborations, and commissions kept coming. Expressing happiness, love, and fun is all I’m trying to do.
I have an upcoming commission from UTHealth to continue my “Garden of Healthy Delights” series for the School of Public Health in the Houston Medical Center.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Menil Collection (art collection) is a jewell. Museum of Fine Arts Houston is wonderful. Tony’s restaurant is the best in Houston for wining/dining, (and my paintings are there). Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village is fantastic lunching for francophiles. Brasserie 19 is a super fun watering hole. The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and spa is a great getaway to swim and to take in the sun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my grandfather, who taught me to be passionate for what I do and to have a sense of humor all the while.