In February of 2020, Sunrise Therapy Services, LLC interviewed local artist Duane Corey who created a painting for the Bridgeport, Connecticut Office.
Exclusive Sunrise Therapy Services, LLC interview with Artist Duane Corey
Sunrise Therapist Services: How did you get started creating art?
Duane Corey: Honestly, I started doing art by doing freehand drawings of comic book characters in the funny papers. Am I dating myself? Do they still deliver funny papers? I was doing things other little kids would typically do at the time. My father was a musician and I was always interested in art.
Sunrise Therapy Services : What inspires you? Why do you create art?
Duane Corey: Seeing people smile is what inspires me. It sounds cliché, but it’s what I was created to do.
Sunrise Therapy Services: What is your most important artist tool?
Duane Corey: I believe the greatest tool for any artist is their imagination. With your mind you create this reality that hopefully others feel connected to.
Sunrise Therapy Services: How did you come up with the idea for the Sunrise Therapy painting?
Duane Corey: I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do for the Sunrise Therapy painting but I did know aesthetically I wanted water or some kind of seascape because of the connectivity of water to life and ultimately all of us to each other.
Sunrise Therapy Services : Do you consider art a form of therapy or therapeutic?
Duane Corey: Art for me is therapy. It’s repetitive. Creating art feels good. The more you do it and create, the better you become at your craft.
Sunrise Therapy Services: What advice do you have for future artists or those starting out in their careers?
Duane Corey: My advice to young people or those starting out is to create and do what you love because if you enjoy what you are doing you are likely to be a success at it. I think that everyone has a story to tell whether it’s something you verbalize, demonstrate, or create.
More of his artwork can be found at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/duane-corey/shop or on Facebook at ArtByDuane.
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