An interview with yours truly by Kim Bruntz

I had the pleasure to meet with a very charismatic artist by the name of David Hipwell. He is a local artist that attends approximately 30 art shows per year, and at the time of this interview, he was selling his art at a show at Bay Beach Wildlife Center on a sunny Saturday afternoon. From wildlife to the Green Bay Packers, David covers a wide range of scenes and objects. This artist uses a special “ghost-like feature” to his art.

David is a retired. He has always loved art, and decided at retirement to start to explore his passion for art. During his college days, he did complete his first painting, and years later he still recalls that time when he “just loved art”, but pushed it aside to complete his education, and finish his career. His first painting, named Woodglade, was set aside throughout his educational career and his employment career. Now, years later, it was brought back through his art shows.

When I asked David why he does what he does, his response was that he “loves art and loves the social interaction he has with other art lovers.” “The money aspect isn’t bad either” he says with a laugh.
David likes to use acrylic paints for his work. He states that it’s easy to change on canvas unlike watercolors which you cannot change on watercolor paper. With acrylics, you can add water to the paint, and it’s easier to spread, and/or change parts of the piece, “Just in case I (David) make a mistake”, again with a laugh.

Many different areas of art are explored in David Hipwell’s work. This includes anything from wilderness animals and scenic views all the way to the Green Bay Packers. When I was walking through displays of his work, I found some things that were common, not only in scenes or animals, but the “ghost-like” aspects of the paintings.

When I asked David why he uses the “ghost-like” theme with many of his paintings, he stated that he needed to be “different” from other artists. “Each artist has to have some sort of unique style that people will notice, and to have a “signature” to their work”. Another story about his first Packers painting was he remembered as a kid, he used to play football in the Lambeau Field parking lot. David says that he and his friends would pretend they were the “Legends” of the Packers. This started his Green Bay Packers paintings.

Another type of painting that David does is the scenic paintings. One piece in particular is one with chairs on a beach. David told me the story that he and his wife went on a vacation by the ocean, and he was looking for a scenic beach, and some beach chairs. He couldn’t find chairs that he liked, so he went into the nearby shops and found some chairs that captured his fancy. So, with his camera in hand, he took pictures of the backs of the chairs, and incorporated them into a beach scene painting.

When David was asked how he would like people to respond to his work he stated he wants people to be “grabbed by their lapels” and literally pulled into the painting. This correlates with how he feels when he is working on his art. He feels like he is “flying”. He says he has total control over his environment, and enjoys the music surrounding the room. David paints faster with fast motivational music, and slower with calm soothing music. David’s philosophy on if he is ever satisfied with his work comes out as “Yes, because I don’t care.” What he continues to say is that “A bad painting is like a dog. No matter how you paint it, it’s still just a dog”. He says that if it doesn’t come out right, so what? “You can’t spend too much time on one painting”, so just move on to the “next painting”. With regard to a bad painting, a dog is always a dog.

Not only does he have financial gain from his artwork, but he also loves the social interaction he has with people. Discussions of politics are common, but only if others will be respectful of all opinions, and others will keep an open mind. The biggest compliment you could give David is to buy his work. It’s nice to hear that people like your work, but the real compliment is when art lovers buy his pieces. Most of his selling pieces are prints, but he also sells the originals. The prints are nice for a person on a limited income, but still show the intensity of the beautiful art.

David Hipwell is an artist who is full of energy and vigor. Not only a nice man, but one that knows what he wants, and knows who he is as a person in life. It’s rare to see this in today’s world. I find a true confidence emanating from him that is sincere, without being egotistical.

Visit David Hipwell’s web site to see what art shows he will be attending this year, and you can observe his work in person.

An interview with yours truly by Kim Bruntz


Oconto, United States

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With regard to a bad painting, a dog is always a dog.

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