Voices of Experience - An Interview with Pablo Rubén López Sanz
Voices of Experience
Pablo Rubén consistently takes first prize in plein air painting events in his native Spain. He has been awarded more than 300 prizes in Spain and France and has recently been given awards at the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition. Travel is an integral part of his life and work. Rubén shares his experience and knowledge with students, maintaining an intense teaching schedule. He has taught workshops in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, France and Spain. He took time out of his busy calendar to write to us about his evolution as an artist.
"From a very young age I had drawing skills and great creativity. Painting is what I have liked the most since I have had the use of reason, and although I did not have a familiar artistic reference (family background), I never stopped painting until I became a professional. At ten years of age, I had already participated in local certifications of drawing and painting.
What is it about watercolor that has made it your medium of choice?
Can you lead us through your process, from initial inspiration to final work?
How has travel informed your work?
My themes within the landscape are divided mainly into two: on the one hand, the themes in which water is the main protagonist (puddles, lakes, rivers, ponds, fountains, ports, etc.); and, on the other hand, urban and industrial subjects (large cities and spaces with cranes, bridges, vehicles, etc.).
In whose work or in what books do you find inspiration?
My favourite artists historically are Joaquín Sorolla, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent and Mariano Fortuny. The best contemporary artists for me are Joseph Zbukvic, Chien Chung Wei and Jeremy Mann. I prefer to look at photography books instead of painting books for inspiration. The artist I love the most is Gregory Crewdson.
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