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

Hi Vince, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Interconnected awareness through kindness and freedom. To understand we are part of a whole, and that everything exist within us. Things we think we are not, as well as things we identify with. Impermanence, the perpetual change, let’s not cling to things, but let’s care about the details.

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 strongly influenced by a mix of underground/psychedelic art from the 60s, B&W graphic novels of different eras, meditation, and my longtime practice of ultra running. I am still at a point in my art career where I have to keep a day job, and might have found some comfort in doing so. Comfort from a financial point of view, there is no worry about selling stuff and freedom in choosing projects and showing works. I am currently working on a project here in Cherbourg France with asylum seekers and refugees, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of France Terre d’asile, a french solidarity organisation. Lessons I have learned is to stop overanalysing the fruit or product of your inspiration. Travel light and trust your child dreams, don’t fear the idea of fear. Pay heartfelt tributes as often as you can.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you are in Phoenix Arizona, I would take you to Carly’s to eat, and then to the Lost Leaf to get beers and have interesting conversations with strangers. I would also take you to the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, The Firefighting Museum. To Grand Avenue for the fun things to see there, galleries, the Bikini Lounge… If you’re into the outdoors: South Mountain, or the Phoenix Mountain Preserve for some good hikes or runs. Let’s not forget Papago Park.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people who should be mentioned in this shoutout. Probably too many to be listed here. In life, their are many teachers, many encounters. Life itself is in fact the only teacher.

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