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Artist's Story: Aaron Eichorst

Photo by Billy Hunt Photography

Occupation: Coordinator of Fine & Performing Arts, Charlottesville City Schools, Charlottesville, VA

Favorite studio tool/supply: That would have to be my 0 silverwhite round paintbrush

Artists you love: Walton Ford, Pietro Perugino, Kehinde Wiley

Sources of inspiration: travel, nature, insects, plants, birds, mammals, classical architecture, ornamental design, people in my life

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="595.0"] "Confident" by Aaron Eichorst[/caption]

What does your average day look like? My role in the schools system is multifaceted. I oversee the general music, visual art, orchestra, band and drama programs for the nine schools in Charlottesville, VA (25 teachers). I also make arrangements for students at each grade level to attend one or more live drama or musical performance or visit to a state or local museum - often partnering with local cultural organizations including the University of Virginia, The Paramount Theater, and Second Street Gallery. I also run a program entitled ArtQuest for 5th through 12th grade students identified as gifted in the visual arts. Participants attend after school sessions which explore a variety of art ideas through visual art production. In the summer I run a Regional Visual Arts Governor's school for middle school students.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="590.0"] "Earnest" by Aaron Eichorst[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660.0"] Photo by Amanda Maglione[/caption]

How would you describe your creative process/how you go about making art? I liken my process as one might a yoga practice. I have a home studio which serves as my designated place to practice my craft, present myself with new challenges and to explore ideas. I work in series that work within designated parameters, with images from the history of art, original photos, and drawing from life. Because my time in the studio is limited to evenings, and weekends the process is slow but steady. 

When someone looks at your art, what do you hope they'll take away from it? When someone looks at my work I want to first pique their curiosity, draw them in for a closer look, and then reward them by delighting their vision with color, humor and detail. I hope that the viewer will leave with a wider appreciation for order and vision. 


"I liken my process as one might a yoga practice."


What is the hardest part about being a creative entrepreneur? The hardest part is finding long periods of uninterrupted time to work on projects.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="602.0"] "Authentic" by Aaron Eichorst[/caption]


"The creative process is not magic. It is a learned skill and often rife with failures that inform the artist."


What would you say to someone who is convinced they lack creativity or artistic ability? No one is a lost cause and everyone can find success and enjoyment in the creative process. The creative process is not magic. It is a learned skill and often rife with failures that inform the artist. Believe in yourself, surrender your judgement and don't give up.

Spoken like a true teacher. For more of Aaron's work head to his website