Jeremiah Conte’s recent series is like a bird’s eye view on a universe comprised of fingers, each reaching for and clutching their neighbor lovingly – knowing that the closer they are, the larger the universe they’ll create. Luckily, they’re content to be humble.
Naturalismo: What inspires your work the most?
Jeremiah Conte: I draw what I see in my head, what I want to draw, and what I see in the natural world. Primarily the natural world is my biggest influence…. and it kicks my ass in a major way all the time. I am currently living in Atascadero, California. I’ve lived here for most of my life so it’s been a major influence, and it is very pretty here. Especially this time of the year. All the wildflowers are blooming, the hills are green and the creeks haven’t dried up just yet. It’s a very special place to me and it’s has been very influential.
N: How early did you start working in the visual arts? Are you involved in any other forms of creative expression i.e. music, film, photography, etc.? Does one medium inspire you more, and why?
JC: I started drawing just around 3 years ago. It just kind of happened one day. I’m not really all that involved any other creative expression right now, but I could see myself geting into film, photography, sculpture, and printmaking someday. I am inspired by drawing primarily because you only need paper and a pen.
N: What music has been most inspirational to your work?
JC: It’s hard to say what music has been most inspirational to my work. I listen to music mostly to drown out the background noises of where I am. Most of the inspiration comes from creation, and if I hear that in
music then it inspires me. I don’t know, thats hard for me to answer really…
N: Are you working on any new projects?
JC: I am currently working on a series of drawings based on Star Wars: portraits of key characters, significant vehicles and vessels, and renditions of alliance symbols can be expected…