Interview with Christopher Looney (@abstractlooney)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started painting about a year ago now, I started painting after taking a cruise to the Bahamas and they had an art gallery on the boat, This is where I saw a Peter Max piece. His style and his story inspired me to begin a career in art.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting thing that has happened to me by far has to be selling my first piece. I started painting just as a hobby posting my work on Facebook and Instagram. About 3 months after I started I got an email from a gallery saying one of there collectors wanted to purchase one of my paintings. I was shocked and when I heard how much he was willing to pay I realized I could turn this passion I didn’t even know I had into a career!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I would say the most important thing New artists can do to thrive is to just stay true to themselves and don’t listen to your haters because as long as you like your work and it’s true to who you are that’s all that matters.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I 100% would not be where I am without my Uncle who happens to be an art collector he has given me a lot of advice and helped get my work into the eyes of new collectors and galleries.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I like to use my story to show people that if you follow your passion and stay true to who you are and tune out all the negative people in your life anything is possible.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“There are no mistakes in art, Just Happy Accidents” ~ Bob Ross

I believe this to be true not just in painting but in life everything happens for a reason and in the end, everything will always work out.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram & Facebook @abstractlooney

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