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Daily Inspiration: Meet Willy Proctor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Willy Proctor.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
For me, it all started with pencils and a sketchbook. Throughout my childhood, I was always into cartooning and comic book art, and this continued through high school.

In high school is when I really got into watching Bob Ross on Sunday Afternoons painting amazing landscapes within 30 minutes. I always wanted to try painting and I did a little bit of it throughout middle school and high school, but it never went beyond a school project.

Finally when I was in my late 30’s, one Christmas I decided to treat myself, and I bought myself my first oil paint set and brushes. From there, I never looked back.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it’s definitely been trial and error. Especially in the beginning, I struggled with learning the mediums to be used, as well as learning to use the correct brushes. I’ve been painting now for four years, and I still make mistakes.

But where I have progressed, is that now I have better idea on how to fix the mistakes as I make them. With that being said, that’s just some paintings that just don’t work out, and they get completely scraped off, or tossed in the trash…lol.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I do mostly landscape paintings, and if I had to pick what I do best, I would say painting mountains is what I do best. I can’t say I’m known for any one thing, but I would say I’m rather diverse in what I do paint.

I enjoy working with oil paint the most, but I also use acrylics and spray paint. I’m most proud of an acrylic painting I did most recently for a Make a Wish child, and she really liked it. It made my day to see how happy she was to receive it.

What set’s me apart from other artists is that I can paint many different styles, whether it be, oil, acrylic, spray paint, landscape paintings, skyscape paintings, comic book art paintings, abstract paintings, I can do a little bit of everything.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I would say I’ve had a good bit of both good and bad luck, I would say in equal parts. But I believe you need both good and bad, or dark and light in order to truly appreciate achievements.

Pricing:

  • Landscape Oil paintings $50 – $300
  • Acrylic Paintings $ 25 – $200

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