Q: What’s it like being an artist in Lafayette?
A: The artist community here is great. We have so many talented creatives that I look to for support and camaraderie. However, the art market in our area makes it very difficult to be an artist as a profession. We are making strides for increasing the value of art in our community, but we still have a long way to go.
Q: Can you tell us a little about what inspires you to create?
A: I have always felt the need to create and couldn’t imagine not having art in my life. Through hard work and perseverance, I have established a professional studio that allows me to create on a daily basis. I also live a very happy home life with my wife and two beautiful daughters, which gives me enough inspiration for a lifetime.
Q: Favorite medium to work with?
A: My preferred medium would have to be acrylic on canvas.
Q: If there’s something you’d like others to know about your art, what would it be?
A: The abstract work is much more personal and difficult than anything objectively that I create.
Q: Is there something you’re currently working on?
A: Lately, It feels more like, “What am I not working on?!” I am always working on multiple projects simultaneously: We have wedding paintings almost every weekend, a number of proposed murals around town in the works, Christmas season commission works and we are working on a new body of abstract pieces for upcoming exhibitions early next year.
Q: Where can locals see your art around Lafayette?
A: You can always find me and the artwork at my studio located at Basin Arts, Downtown Lafayette. To see the location of my murals/public works around town, as well as any upcoming shows, you can visit us at www.dirkguidry.com or follow us on @dirkguidryart.
Q: If you could travel back in time and meet one person, who would you want to meet and why?
A: Being one of the most influential masters to me, Vincent Van Gogh; preferably at a time when he was more stable than usual.