I had the opportunity to interview James Wappel. James is an artist who graduated from the Academy of Art. Among his accomplishments are Three Silver and One Bronze Crystal Brushes in 2014 and enough bling that Mr. T would be jealous.
Who is your biggest influence?
Since I have still spent more years as a 2D painter than a mini painter (over 20 years), it would be my instructors at the Academy of art, such as Irv Shapiro… along with the Pre Raphalite artists of the past and Alphonse Mucha.
What are you working on?
I am working on more things than I can count, or possibly remember! There are several dozen major projects all in the que at the same time.
Why did you choose to do this?
I had to move away from the 2D art about 16 years ago when our art show schedule was suddenly wiped out after the 9/11 attacks. We had been doing a small amount of miniature painting at the time, but that became the entire business with ebay and paypal emerging at the same time.
When will you be satisfied with your work?
You can never be satisfied with what you are doing at the moment. I am constantly exploring new mediums and techniques, almost on a daily basis.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I do a lot of teaching and instruction now, but I can see that becoming more and more of the business.
…and the Bonus Question:
How many Zombies do you think you could take out before you succumb to the horde?
The Zombies would never see me, since I would paint the house to be perfectly camoflauged… rendering it invisible to them. 🙂
You can find all of James work at http://wappellious.blogspot.com.
And you can like him on Facebook here:Windy City Miniatures