Jacob Dhein is a painter from San Francisco whose paintings capture the modern world with the nostalgic nature of the past. He works across multiple disciplines including figurative, landscape, and plein air painting, and his talent is founded in his desire to teach others as he also continues to learn himself.
In this episode, Jacob discusses:
-How he got started as an artist growing up.
-How he is always striving to grow and become a better artist.
-The difference between workshops and undergraduate art programs, and how it might surprise you how much you can learn in well-run workshops.
-If you are at an intermediate level, to maybe start thinking about teaching at a beginner level.
-How the type of painting he does simply depends on his mood.
-The challenges that come from plein air painting.
-The various ways that he has held himself back at different points in his life.
-His advice for dealing with critics or negative comments.
-His best and worst creative moments.
-How there’s never a moment where you can’t go back into an old painting and fix things.
-How he loves the freedom that art brings to his life and he could never do a 9-5 job.
–Li Hu, one of his biggest inspirations.
Jacob’s Final Push will help you realize that the amount of time you put into something is the amount of time you’re going to get out of it.
“If you get into certain workshops, you can learn in a week what some people learn in a year.”
“The first thing that really held me back was myself.”
“It’s just something that all artists have to deal with is the critic side of their artwork.”
“Just keep going forward. Just keep painting.”
“As long as the paintings are in my studio, I don’t know if they are ever completed until they get shipped out. They’re usually at 98% finished.”
“I just wake up and walk right over to the studio. My studio is right across from my bed so it’s not very far.”