Meet Ken Powers
Friends, I would like introduce Ken Powers. Although we’ve never met face-to-face, he has been a great friend for almost two years now. I first started following Ken on Twitter.com I soon realized that not only is he a talented artist, Ken has a vast knowledge in the art of social media marketing. With the help of his new book “The Art of Social-Network Marketing” and advice he has so willing shared with me, my own creative endeavors have found new successes. Ken is truly a selfless individual who I am honored to introduce to you.
Ken, please give us a short introduction.
My name is Ken Powers and I am an eclectic still-life watercolor artist based in the Tacoma, Washington USA area. I paint a variety of subjects ranging from musical instruments and locks & keys to my current floral series. Most of my work is available through my website at http://www.powersfineart.com in original and fine art giclee formats. I have also spent time compiling a book entitled “The Art of Social-Network Marketing” which contains tips and techniques to aid artists in marketing their work via social media which is available through Amazon.com, Lulu.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.
At what point in your life did you realize that you would choose art as a career?
I didn’t realize until later in life that painting would be my passion. I earned degrees in Computer Science as well as Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Life, however, pushed me in a more musical direction and I spent many years building mandolins and guitars for one of the world’s largest instrument manufacturers. I followed that career with almost 14 years of brass band instrument repair work. In 2004 I began painting and in 2008 I began marketing my work to the public.
Are you a self-taught artist or did you have formal training?
Although I have had some college level drawing classes, I consider myself primarily self-taught. I spent many hours drawing as a child but I only began painting in 2004. I feel that my work is continually improving as I constantly experiment with the flexibility of watercolor. It is a medium that I feel can never be completely mastered and its unpredictability continues to draw me to it.
What inspires you?
I am greatly inspired by the incredible work of my contemporaries. By utilizing social-media to market my own artwork, I am in constant contact with incredible artists from around the world. It is an amazing thing to be able to view incredible artwork in my social-network newsfeeds on a daily basis and these works are a continual inspiration for me.
Who or what influences your work?
I am heavily influenced by the interplay of light and shadow in the world around us. It is amazing how the highlights and shadows of a simple subject can create something amazingly dramatic in a painting. Something mundane can become spectacularly beautiful when attention is paid to the way it is illuminated.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a floral series that has reached over 60 pieces. I plan to incorporate several of my favorites from the series into a self-published portfolio book very similar to one I did in 2009 which focused on my “Mundane” series.
How can we find you on the web?
Main Website: http://www.powersfineart.com/
Networking Book: http://www.artofsocialnetworkmarketing.com/
Ken, thank you for spending time with us. It is a pleasure getting to know you better.
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