The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Sam Larson: Sam Larson, 27, Freelance Artist
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
SL: Traveling the American West, camping, collecting vintage travel souvenirs, playing and watching basketball. Almost all of my art is inspired by my time in the American West. I try to relive those memories and share a piece of them with the rest of the world. The vintage junk I collect is an inspiration to quality and style. Things used to be made so much better. Those pieces encourage me to aim for that high set bar. Basketball is something that is just totally different and is a great escape out of the art world, both playing and watching.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
SL: Not really. I try to take on projects that allow for that. I also do a drawing a day for myself, which is about 90% of the art I post on Instagram.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
SL: It always changes, but I'd say I'm the most creative mid morning and late at night. Productive would follow the same timeline.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
SL: Always try new stuff and have fun creating. If both of those things are happening in my future, I'll be happy. I'd like to do some artist-in-residence with the National Parks over the next couple years.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
SL: Yeah. I just got back from a trip to Glacier National Park and the National Bison Range in Montana. I'm working on a set of embroidered patches and stickers based off my experiences there. I took a ton of photos that I'll create some sketches from and then tighten things up on the computer.
TCU: What scares you?
SL: The loss of a family member/friend. A 9-5 job.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
SL: Being happy. Being able create art for a living.