May 26, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at The Henry Clay
part of a series on Serendipity
About the speaker
My name is Gibbs Hanson Rounsavall. My parents named me after my maternal grandmother, Julia Gibbs, the first artist I knew. I love my name and it’s origin. People often make the comment, “Your name sounds like an artist’s name.” I suppose my parents experienced a sort of prescience back in 1975 when they chose my name because I set out on this path at an early age.
I have loved to draw since I was in first grade, doodling stick men fighting dinosaurs on the margins of my worksheets. However, it wasn’t until I was in 3rd grade that I began to think of myself as an artist. Having uncovered a stash of old 60’s Playboy Magazines (there’s a longer story there), I began drawing anatomically accurate nude studies.
My early studies of the human form made for a natural step into the world of comics, which to be more accurate was more like a diving head-first into that world. This period was instrumental in training my eye to “see” and honing my ability to reproduce my surroundings onto a two-dimensional surface. I look back on these early teen years as the beginning of my fascination in world building, vibrant colors and eye-popping imagery.
I went on to attend art school, graduating in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis with an Illustration degree…and little interest in an Illustration career. I just wanted to paint and draw. It was at this point; I made the conscience decision to commit to my studio practice. I have kept a rigorous studio discipline of waking early and working every day, reading about art and artists and experimenting with various techniques and mediums. There is never a lack of inspiration and there is always work to do.
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