Andrew Knight New Canaan is an established front-end developer based in Connecticut.
Now having served over hundreds of clients, Mr. Knight was able to create software for businesses with excellent Graphics User Interface and optimized web pages. Since his main focus was in the real estate industry, he hopes to help realtors and other land developer businesses to get their ground in the online space. He believes that all companies need technology to succeed, especially now that almost everything can be done digitally.
Andrew Knight New Canaan enjoys making art and playing video games during free time. Art is one of his innate passions even as a young child, but now, he has the right resources to develop this craft.
What is your hobby?
I enjoy making hand-made paintings and graphic designs. I have always been interested in art and how it evokes thoughts and emotions to people. I guess it’s one way to express myself, and an outlet because of the mental demands of career life.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I started going into this hobby when I was working and graduated in college. My young college-self was so immersed in studying that I almost had no time for hobbies. When I had my own means to purchase materials and schedule my time for work and play, that’s when I decided I would get back to my roots and continue doing art again. I have always enjoyed going to local museums when I travel. I learn a lot about artistic styles and this is where I get my inspiration from. Whether it’s painting, architecture, or just the beauty of nature, I make it an inspiration for my pieces.
Tell us what you love about it.
Art for me is a form of expression. Without art, life loses its beauty. And I guess that’s the part I love about it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the routinary tasks that we forget to stop and contemplate about the really beautiful things in life. Art is one way of capturing that beauty in physical form. Whether its purpose is to express emotion, provide inspiration, or just for aesthetic purposes, art is what brings the life of people.
Are there any groups you’re a part of, or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Since I travel very often, I don’t have the chance to be a part of the local community. However, when I go from place to place, I always take the time to do nature sight-seeing or going to a local heritage area. If there’s a local art museum nearby, I always take time to go as well. I also love to support local artists. Sometimes, I would just look into Google and find events in a place where I’m at. There was one time, an art exhibit was held for local artists in Minnesota. I decided to attend even if I had no contacts. The artists were so thankful to see a stranger show support for their craft.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I actually own a Wilson Bickford signature brush. It’s one of my biggest investments in painting that I purchased a year ago. It’s a complete set of high-quality brushes that I use for canvas paintings. As much as possible, I take care of my hobby tools because I prefer to purchase the good brands. I think they’re a great investment.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I buy most of my supplies online. Since I often travel, I don’t have to time to go to local shops to see if they have my specific art tool in mind. I just make sure that each product has top notch reviews and it comes from a verified supplier. Buying online also helps me because I just have them ship it to my home even when I’m away.
Are there any good books for beginners?
I recommend a book called “Color and Light” by James Gurney. I’m a fan of realist paintings. This is because such type of art needs a high skill. When I read the book, I learned about tips and techniques to make my paintings as close to the real thing as possible.
How has this changed your life?
This book changed my life because I used to be frustrated with my skill. I think I’m a pretty good impressionist painter, but realist paintings were my weakness. It really helped me gain confidence in trying new styles.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
My advice is to just do it. Some people are afraid to try new things because they’re afraid to fail. There’s no failure in a hobby. When you do the things you love, you’ll get better at it no matter what.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I love playing video games! I know it may be unrelated to painting, but it’s also my way to de-stress myself. Like most guys, I would be pretty much into playing League of Legends.