Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Charlie Visconage and I’ve been painting for about a year and a half. Prior to that I was a serial doodler and had a late-night comedy show in DC. I came to painting by my very first guest on my show, artist Matt Sesow and later on his wife, Dana Ellyn. Matt invited me over to paint at his studio once, and I haven’t stopped since. Both Matt and Dana have been great supporters of my painting, and I wouldn’t be here without them.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work with acrylic paint – I like the available pigments and bright color options.
What is your creative process like?
Overall, I like to make things quickly. I get up at 5 am a few mornings per week and bike to my studio, which is housed at DC Arts Studios in Takoma Park. I spend about an hour there, usually jumping between 2-3 active paintings. I also try to make time on Saturdays or Sundays for some longer stays. At the end of any given week, I usually finish 2-4 paintings and post them to my website (www.visconage.com) and my Instagram account, @cavisconage.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
The best art-related advice I’ve received is from my friend and major painting mentor, Matt Sesow, who believes in the time-honored tradition of stealing images from other works and making your own version of it.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Right now the biggest challenge I face is time. I work a regular 9-5 job and am trying hard to make painting fit around that, but it’s hard. Now that I have a studio space outside where I live, I’ve decided that sleep is something I’m happy to give up in order to do both.
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
My piece, “Choose Wisely”, is based on the character of the Templar from my favorite movie of all time, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was at a loss as to what to paint one day and I happened to have the movie playing in the background, and for whatever reason the scene where Indy has to choose the correct grail cup really hit me. I added in my own goofy cups, like a fratty shot glass and a boot, but it was fun to make a painting connected to one of my favorite movies.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite aspect so far is the variety of works.