An Artist Artist for the 21st Century: Dion J. Pollard

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Cocktail Molly
Let’s start with you telling the readers of cocktailmolly this; who is Dion J. Pollard?
Dion Pollard
I’m a laid back ,hard working guy from Maryland that loves to paint and create.
Cocktail Molly
Great. when did your passion for painting begin? And when did you know that you wanted to pursue this passion professionally?
Dion Pollard
My mother was an artist. I saw her work and it sparked me. Then seeing my brother drawing I started creating around 6 years old. But got serious about it at the age of 13. For certain, I really knew I wanted to pursue it at the age of 16.
Cocktail Molly
Wow, sixteen. That’s cool that you discovered your passion while still a teenager. So how did you begin to put yourself out there at that age? Did you draw for friends, relatives, events, etc? Or was it something you dabbled with until you felt more comfortable to charge people for your work?
Dion Pollard
Thank you. I had an art teacher in the 11th grade that gave me a free scholarship to Maryland Art institute in Maryland. I went for 1 day. My mind was was not solid enough to handle that yet. I started doing portraits for clients around the age for 20 for small change. People came to me and motivated me to make money from my work. I didn’t know then that I could profit from it. I just loved creating. I kept drawing from comic books till I mastered it and then branched off into creating from my minds eye.
 Cocktail Molly
Ah yes we come into our gifts in our own time. So … In observing your work it is evident that you have a great ability to use color in your work. I can’t help but wonder if you are inspired by the painting styles and techniques of old muralists?
Dion Pollard
Ah, you notice. I love color. Color adds life and excitement to my work. To me even if you paint a woman crying. If you add vibrant colors, you see hope through her tears. Color to me is an expression of life, hope and spirit. I love the use of colors by artist like Ernie Barnes, Charles Bibbs, Paul Goodnight and Larry Poncho Brown. To me these artist are some of the masters of my time
Cocktail Molly
Wow you make even your description of the usage of color sound artistic. ūüôā I wanted to ask you … are there any other art periods in history that influenced your style and technique?
Dion Pollard
Leonardo da Vinci definitely. His artistic genius of the human form, simply amazing. The texture and style he put into his subjects where incredible. My original love is pencil and his use of sketching was amazing. I can see a bit of him in my work.
 Cocktail Molly
It’s funny you mention da Vinci because I used to hate his work until I became older and started appreciating his ability to be so precise and skilled at veiling images within images. He is a great artist. And so are you. Your work really is fantastic. So do you do shows for people to come view and support your work?
Dion Pollard
Yes. I have a Gallery that backs my work. ¬†Annie’s Art Gallery displays much of my work as well as providing a venue for me to do shows there. I am currently working on my basement now where my studio is; turning it into a full blown Gallery. Also I’m ¬†currently preparing for Artomatic in Baltimore. One of my first large scale viewings consisting of a 100,000 square feet of visual and performing artist.
Cocktail Molly
Simply wonderful. You are obviously a busy man in your efforts to get your work out there. What word of advice would you give to emerging talents trying to push and grind like you are doing to get their works viewed and respected?
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Dion Pollard
Stay true to your work. Don’t be misdirected by other artist views of what potential collectors want. Your work is an expression of you and if someone happens to love and respect your same vision, that’s a plus. The art will sell itself. Keep sharing your talent and the collectors will come.
Cocktail Molly
I know some artists have told me that they are inspired to paint by music and sometimes paint new works with some type of music playing. Do you do the same? Are you inspired to paint by a particular genre(s) of music before or during your creation process?
Dion Pollard
I love Music. Its a part of my life. Yes. Music inspires my work. I hear music when I’m painting even if its not playing. I have a series I’m working on called “The Making of Music”. I’m a slow R&B, Jazz type of guy. I think you can see the influences of that type of music in my work.
Cocktail Molly
Yes i can see it influences your work deeply. Also, I see that u r deeply influenced by sports. What other themes interests you and finds its way into your work?
Dion Pollard
All sports. The display of strength. I like to show strong will in my work. Overcoming adversity. Breaking down obstacles. Then in the end there is always a victor. A symbolism of life to me. When I’m doing figurative work, I like to show movement and expression in my work. What better way to do it than sports and dance.
Cocktail Molly
Cool man. So tell everyone what is next for Dion J. Pollard?
Dion Pollard
More and More Art. I love this thing called art. Its in me, its a part of me. I plan to do more large scale art events. My God given talent keeps growing. I want to touch people with my work and excite other artist to express themselves without boundaries.
 Cocktail Molly
I will say that i’m impressed to meet someone with passion for their work and seeking to grow with their work. So where can people find you in order to keep up on what you are doing & where you will be for upcoming events?
Dion Pollard
You can find me at my website www.theartofdionjay.com. on facebook at Dion J. Pollard, on instigram @theartofdionjay. Big upcoming event Artomatic Baltimore Nov 4-Dec 10th 2016

Note: All artwork presented to Cocktail Molly appears courtesy of artist Dion J. Pollard and is  copyright protected by the artist Dion J. Pollard. It is not to be used without his permission.  

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