I was talking to some artists today about Brian Stelfreeze. I am a huge fan of his and I pretty much owe my career to him. He gave me so many good critiques and such amazing advice back when I was first starting out. I would never have made it this far without his patience and willingness to share. He has an amazing gift for cutting through an artists personal excuses. I visited him every year for about 5 years, and each time its like he took a sledgehammer to my roadblocks. He’s rare in that he’s able to do that. Most artists can tell whats wrong, they just can’t explain what to do about it. He has a gift for it. The guy is such a class act!
The last time he was at that show, I was lucky to not only be on some panels with him but even got to share a table with him. I’ve heard many other artists say the same thing about how much he helped them. He’s just a great guy. Anyways, I just ran across some old photos of him doing a painting demonstration the last time he was at Aggiecon in 2006. I have photos from previous years, but I think I’ll have to find the originals and scan them in. I learned more from being able to watch him work. Which is why I always do demonstrations whenever I work with new artists. I feel very fortunate, looking back now, that I was able to cross paths with him. Maybe one of these days it’ll happen again, lol.