Standard Goods Featured Artist: Nathan Shortt

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Arlington, Washington.  I’ll be 24 in February. All of my life I’ve loved to draw and sketch, leading to a lot of different artistic endeavors. I began painting in October of 2015 and have been at it ever since. 

 Do you come from a creative family?

Yes.  My mom is a teacher and my dad is an entrepreneur, both extremely creative in their own way. They always encouraged individuality and allowed the freedom to learn through creative expression. 

Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle Artist, Nathan Shortt, Standard Goods

 Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?

 I knew when I first started painting. As soon as I put color onto the canvas I knew I would never be able to stop. 

 What about faces or the human form do you try to capture in your work? 

I try to capture as much as possible. The human face is full of complexities so I’m happy if I’m able to capture some little detail that I haven’t done before, whether it be a subtle emotion hidden in the eyes or a certain flesh like color I have yet to mix. 

 What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?

My favorite is a painting I did a couple months ago of a woman. Every step of the process was a pleasure. In a way it sort of painted itself. 

Describe your style as an artist in 3 words. 

Distinct, Loud, Impulsive 

Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle Artist, Nathan Shortt, Standard Goods

What do you find to be the hardest part about the work you do? 

Patience. A lot of the time I find that if i had just waited a little longer for the paint to dry it would have made my life so much easier—just resisting that temptation to change something before the time is right.

 Are there any mediums you’d love to work with but haven’t tried yet? 

I would love to work with as many different mediums as possible. But the one I find the most interesting is watercolor, which I have not used. I definitely would say it is next on my list. 

 Favorite artists? 

Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Picasso

 What are you most excited about for this art show, “Surface?” And anything else you’d love to share? (website, Instagram… interesting link?)

I’m excited to have my artwork displayed alongside other artists. This will be the first time I’ve participated in a group show so just to be around art and artists, and to be apart of it is incredible.

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