One of the things we did while visiting my family in Texas over the holidays was stop by my uncle’s studio in San Antonio. He is a professional artist who recently was at the center of a “scandal” over a fork sculpture he created (read about it here). I googled him just now and discovered a story about him giving away art to a little girl. When I was little, I would draw things and show them to him, and he would look at my “art” carefully and, after considering a pastel rendering of a seal I had made, tell me why it was good and what I could do to enhance it. Here is a self-portrait of my uncle. He looks exactly like this:
His studio is nothing short of amazing. San Antonio is full of beautiful old buildings, and the front of his studio seems to have been an old storefront. The floor is covered in tiny mosaic tiles that I associate with retro apartments. In this room he has an antique claw foot bathtub, an old wooden “throne” that came from the Aztec Theatre (here is my dad sitting on it), other pieces of antique furniture, and of course prints of his art. Passing through a doorway you enter his workspace. This area is about two stories tall, completely open, full of art and antiques. There is a loft that sits above the storefront area. My husband asked him where his kitchen was. ”It’s over there, in Rosario’s.” Rosario’s is a Mexican restaurant next to his studio.
I want a studio when I grow up.