Vero Beach artist Tim Sanchez allowed us the opportunity to tour and photograph his eclectic home studio. Published in the January/February issue of Vero Home, Life & Design Magazine this is what Tim shared with us about his work, living in Vero Beach and what brought him here.
How long have you lived in Vero?
My partner of 20 years Jim Haigney, and I have lived full time in Vero for the past 12 years.
What brought you here?
I have known and visited Vero since 1980. My brother, Joe Sanchez was a sportscaster for WTTB radio, as well as an announcer for the Dodgers at Dodger Town. Joe and his wife, Pam moved to Vero from New York to start a family. I visited during the holidays and summer months. I painted while here and knew that this was where I would live when I retired.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes when I least expect it. It is truly important for me to paint on a daily basis. By doing this my work progresses and changes. It is a process I have found that is conscious of change and makes me aware of inspiring ideas, and ready to explore them.
Who are some artists that have inspired you?
I have often been influenced by all of the abstract expressionists. Currently I have been exploring Richard Diebenkorn’s work and I have utilized some of his techniques in my own work. One of my favorite painters is John Singer Sargent an, American artist at the turn of the century, who painted fashionable portraits in Paris and London.
How has your work changed over time?
My work has gone through various periods, yet they all reflect my ongoing premise of utilizing color, line and form in an expressive manner. I always show the hand of the artist, whether it be in the brushstroke or in expressive use of paint. Paintings, to me, should look painted and not refined to the point of omission of evidence in the paintings process.
What is your favorite part of being an artist?
I suppose the best part of being an artist is the fact that you are privy to create beauty and extend to others. A painting is a coveted and unique record of an artistic process. To own a painting is a unique and sought after privilege. An appreciation of art is something that can be self-taught or developed over time by reading and seeing. We are fortunate in Vero to have a museum with such a high caliber of work and exhibitions. I am proud that the Vero Beach Museum of Art is here and that it is solely supported by patrons.
What is the best advice you have been given?
At my high school graduation our very erudite superintendent of schools gave a keynote address and said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. It was, indeed a humorous, yet wise discourse on the importance of self-reliance. Somehow, I never forgot it and have always found that hard and steady work will enable you to realize your dreams.
Where can anyone interested see or purchase your work?
My home is my best gallery and is open to all those that are interested in seeing my work. We have many of my works hung throughout the house. People who visit will see an abstract painting that works nicely over a Sheraton buffet or a cabbage printed sofa. I find that most people are more apt and comfortable in making a purchase once they have seen my work placed in a home.