We’re elated to introduce you to one of our most talented LensFriends – Patrick! He’s a muralist based out of Denver, who’s passion for art inspires us everyday. Patrick recently participated in an ambassador campaign that really caught everyone’s attention and we knew we couldn’t miss a chance to highlight him.
A little bit about Patrick
When Patrick has down time he spends it connecting with the gorgeous nature that surrounds him in Colorado. His ideal getaway would be a long drive with his family that ends in a camping trip somewhere in the mountains. Patrick recently became a father as well, and is over-the-moon excited to share the world with his son.
We asked Patrick to chat with us about himself, his art, and being a LensFriend. We are so lucky to have him as part of our community!
What’re you working on right now?
I just finished a big solo art show last month. I also just finished up a mural for CRUSH Walls festival, a mural on the side of a brewery in Denver and a mural in Boulder, CO. I’m currently working on a mural for a new apartment complex, a few random design jobs and I start a private mural next week.
Where do you spend most of your time when you’re not busy?
Getting outside to hike, camp and just enjoy the quiet calm of the forest is where I try and spend most of my free time. I also love being on the road for long periods of time and getting outdoors in the mountains with my family.
Obviously, we’re fans of your Instagram, when did you discover your passion for art?
As most kids I started drawing and creating at a young age. I just kept going and never stopped. I had my own t-shirt company designing shirts for other kids at age 6. I took every art class in high school and continued into college until it became my full time job.
How did you get started painting murals?
I started painting murals when I was 17 years old. I painted them with my dad in private residences. It was always part of my regular artwork i.e. drawing, painting, murals. I went on to painting murals for live events, then traveling to paint them, painting and collaborating with companies and businesses.
Do you have a favorite painting/drawing/mural, if so, what makes it stand out to you?
Anytime I am getting to have full creative freedom with a piece, I am in my zone. When the project has no creative boundaries and I am free just to have as much fun as I want with the work, then the work takes on a new life full of energy and storytelling. Also, being able to travel to new places to paint murals and create work is always a huge plus.
How has ordering with 1-800 Contacts made your life more simple/convenient?
I can take my exam online, click a few buttons and boom my contacts arrive at my door within a few days. I can continue to work and create with great vision.
Why is having good vision important for an artist?
My eyes are everything with my work. I need to see the right tones, shapes, colors, gradations, etc. I often work long hours on my drawings and mural work. I need contacts that don’t dry out on me or cause my eyes to strain in any way.
What did you think of our ExpressExam?
I’ve taken the exam twice. It was a lot faster. I didn’t have to leave my house. Which is great especially during covid.
As an ambassador, what’s your favorite part of being part of the #LensFriends community?
Being able to share the fact that professional artists also have horrible vision and need help seeing so they can continue to create. My work goes 100% hand in hand with keeping up with good vision. Making sure others know they have a company out there they can rely on for vision needs is great.
Do you have anything you want to plug? Where can people find you on the internet?
Finally, you’re clearly a talented artist, do you have any advice/tips you want to share with others who might be intimidated by creative fields or who don’t know where to start?
Don’t be afraid to share your art with others. Reach out to those you admire and say, “hello.” Always have a friend or mentor you can trust to share your work with and ask for pointers. Also, have more than one location/person where you learn new techniques and the creative process. Don’t get all your knowledge from one source.
Do you want to become a 1-800 Contacts Ambassador? Apply here. We’re excited to meet you!