board meeting: anthony pellegrino

Born in Bronx and raised in the Hudson Valley, Anthony once considered himself a photographer but has grown his art into an eclectic mix of mediums from collage to watercolor.

Do you feel like being an artist has defined you as a person with passion?

It’s the passion that makes me an artist. I can’t do anything well without becoming passionate about it first. 

At what age did you know that you were in fact an artist?

Even though I’ve been a musician and photographer for a while, I didn’t consider myself an artist until I got my first graphic design job in 2012. I spent 9-5 making design art on a computer that I wanted to go home and create messier things using just my hands and have a little more fun with it. I considered that art. 

Where do you derive your inspiration from?

My art is first and foremost for me. It’s like a meditation. A process that keeps me open without judgment. The only goal is to be a fun experience.

Describe the feeling of not knowing what next to create, and you're process to break through the block?

My creative process imitates life - so it also ebbs and flows like life too. I try not to force anything. I can go a few weeks without creating a single thing and then one morning, after a perfect sunrise or one evening after something heavy, inspiration will hit and I’ll easily create twelve pieces I really like.

When do you hold on to your vision and when do you compromise your vision to work with others?

My art is just for me. When I work with others I want to build off their vision. It challenges me and my own creative processes and helps me create things I would have never done otherwise.  

What is the view outside your window?

My studio window looks east towards a row of pine trees that I can watch the sunrise through. The trees are home to a family of cardinals above and groundhog below and always busy with wilderness drama (some bluejays came by this morning).