Thursday, August 23, 2018

Radio Interview

I was asked by Mary Thompson Hunt to be a guest on Real Radio's "From The HeArt" on Magic 107.7 FM. Mary's husband Jason Hunt does highly detailed pencil renderings. Jason and I had both had our work projected on the side of the Suntrust Building  in downtown Orlando during the Creative City Project. It was amazing to see my sketches projected 3 stories high on a skyscraper. The point of the projections was to spark conversation.

Joshua Vickery and Mary hosted the radio interview.  The show is about the arts of Central Florida. We'd wanted to  hear about both of our work, how we create and why. In particular they were curious about my take on the creative arts and visual arts scene of Orlando. Of course sketching at an art opening is one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences because people only pause to look at any work of art for a moment and then they move on. Instead I focus on musicians and actors who must remain on stage for the duration of a show. My work needs to be finished before any show is over. I then close the sketchbook and consider the sketch complete.

As Jason described his work I felt a universal connection to him and his process. "My graphite pencil drawings are called ‘Moments in Time’. For 58 years I’ve drawn from life’s experiences of innocence, loss, inspiration, love, and the many beliefs we embrace throughout life. Seems memories often become a tapestry of our many bits of pleasure and scraps of pain."

"My graphite pencil drawings are in black and white because I’ve come to believe that most truths are found in the many shades of gray. I draw what I love about this world and what is possible for us in relationship to one another. I’m passionate about depicting the beautiful everyday moments and also our inevitable bouts with madness and pain."

My work is a bit less about scraps of pain. I tend to focus on people who gather together for entertainment, fun and pleasure. In part because of the difficulty and challenges of drawing on location, my sketches seldom depict a stolen smile or laugh. Even in public I tend to find people bowing their heads in reverence to technology. In  our efforts to become part of the hive, we are becoming more isolated.

The radio interview was only an hour, so I had to work fast to catch the chaos of microphones and digital screens. The host was in the opposite room behind a glass screen so and interpersonal eye contact or expressions to be found in a person's face were lost. Regardless it was a fun experience.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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