The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Samuel Branton: Samuel Branton, Art and Design Teacher at a secondary school in Oxford, UK.
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?
SB: I love watching movies. I try to combine an element of narrative, atmosphere, and mystery within my drawings, as if they were scenes from a movie. I would like to create an image which stays with the viewer and so they create their own story line around the drawing. Great films will often have a iconic scene that people will remember. A single shot that sticks with them. Even if one hasn't seen the film, they may still have a visceral reaction to seeing a single screen shot. It's interesting to think about how an artist can create a scene which carries that same weight and feeling. It needs to have history, archetypes, and potential.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
SB: Working in a school part time is a great balance for my own practice. Teaching students about great artworks and different techniques, as well as discussing their own ideas and projects really helps me to cement my understanding of art history, art theory, and to develop my own practice. Teaching something really helps you to appreciate and understand it.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
SB: I usually start to feel creative and productive around 10 at night.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
SB: To carve in marble.
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?
SB: I'm currently working on a new series of monochrome drawings titled Luciferase. The drawings follow on from a previous series titled Deluge, which imagined the impact on wildlife after a great flood. With Luciferase, I'm interested in using light from an arcane, phenomena to illuminate, and to catch off guard, what might be taking place if animals were left in the dark for too long.
TCU: What scares you?
SB: Basking sharks.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
SB: Creating artwork that might inspire another in some way, just as I've been inspired.
If you'd like to see more of Samuel's incredible work, head over to www.sambranton.com.