21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Trey McCarley

Trey McCarley

Trey McCarley, After Hours, oil, 24 x 30.

Trey McCarley, After Hours, oil, 24 x 30.

Art Education: Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arkansas. This was followed by a three-year apprenticeship with impressionist painter Robert Moore.

Creative Spark: I believe the start of true art begins in the soul of a person. For me, if I don’t have peace in my spiritual life or balance in my physical life, there will not be any creative spark to start the process. But when that spark comes, there is no stopping it. It is the most powerful and divinely inspired force I’ve experienced. Sometimes after a morning bike ride, I am inspired, but I have found that my most creative seasons are after spending time with my family.

Second-Choice Career: I would find another way of living out my dream of painting.

Other Passions: Bodybuilding and fitness.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: Davy Crockett is my cousin.

Best Advice Received: From Robert Moore: “Don’t worry about your painting style. Work hard, and style will take care of itself.”

Pet Peeve: Wearing a tie.

Quirkiest Trait: I make a lot of sound effects.

Mantra or Motto: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your might.

Favorite Studio Music: John Denver, classic rock, and movie soundtracks.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: IN THE WILD NORTH by Ivan Shishkin.

Future Goals: To give back in ways I was given growing up, and to be a motivational speaker.

Price Range: $500 to $20,000.

Representation: West Lives On Gallery, Jackson, WY; Main Street Gallery, Park City, UT; Gallery Central Fine Art, Hot Springs, AR.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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