Artist of the Month: Hector Hernandez

My Apathy
(oil, 16×20)
byHector Hernandez was an Experimental finalist in the 23rd Annual Art Competition.

Residence: Romeoville, Illinois

This Artist’s Life: I’m currently a junior at Governor State University just south of Chicago. This spring, I took time off to study under Patrick Betaudier in France. I have a part-time job with Friends of the Community Public Art in Joliet, Illinois, an organization that creates murals, sculptures and mosaics for the city and nearby towns.

Inspiration for this Painting: Art is a career that absorbs much of your time and distracts you on occasion from certain things, particularly family and friends. A pillow is a place of comfort, a place to rest your head and let go of all your worries. Being conscious of its purpose, I felt that I became so self-absorbed that I never offered this pillow, figuratively, to others around me. It was my apathy, this lack of feeling, that left me numb and my awareness that I had been this way further escalated the feeling.

Working Process: For this piece, I did an underpainting with raw umber and developed it as far as I could. I used a photo reference to guide me as far as it could take me. I used a gessoboard on this one and tried to keep the paint very thin and as transparent as possible.

Why He Creates Art: It couldn’t be any other way. It’s fun, mystical, soulful, spiritual—and it gives me something to do.

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