We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Truelove and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The value that matters the most to me is hard work. Growing up I learned this value from working for my father while pushing a lawnmower in the heat of summer in Texas. I use this value with my art career today by painting, cataloging, art festivals, marketing and so much more. Just keep working hard.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I paint abstract art using splash, drip, marking and textile on canvas. I would say my painting style is unique, individual, personal and very different than many other artists. I am proud that I have been painting now for more than 18 years and continue to sell my artwork. I get excited when I paint something amazing or sell a painting! I would say what has gotten me to where I am today is because of persistence. I keep working and trying to continually pursue opportunities in this industry. I was formerly in the youth sports industry and changed careers to the art installation industry to gain experience and network with others in the field. Nothing in life is easy, you must always keep trying to overcome any challenges that you are faced with everyday, again, persistence. Some of the lessons I have learned along the way I have gained with having experience. I tell people being an artist is very much like being a scientist, you are always questioning things and learning from results. Some lessons I have learned from talking to other artists, learning their knowledge and experience. I want the world to see my artwork and love it as much as I do! I want people to be able to see my paintings and say, “that’s a Truelove painting.” I want people to feel the same excitement, fun and positive energy that I put into each piece! It’s not just a painting but a part of my soul on that canvas.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s a hard one to answer, there are so many spots that I love in Dallas it is hard to say which is the best, I’ll try my hardest. First (night), I would take them to the bishop arts district and eat at any of the great restaurants to chose from. Next, I would take them to Steam Theory for a beer. Maybe walk through Trinity Groves for an appetizer or a hooka. The next night I would start at a bar in the Fitzhugh area, then dinner somewhere on Lower Greenville, again, many great restaurants too hard to choose from. Another night would start at a bar/restaurant in the State Thomas neighborhood. Work our way to somewhere on McKinney Avenue and end up at Bowen House, of course. A good night would also be one that hops from one brewery to another in the Design District. There’s everything from Peticolas, Texas Ale Project, Noble Rey, Pegasus, Bishop Cider and Community Brewery. Maybe end the night snacking at Meddlesome Moth or at the Virgin Hotel. There’s also downtown Dallas and Cedar Springs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I guess I would have few that I would like to say. The first is Weeda Hamdan, who first encouraged me to show the world my art. She would say to me, “you are the only one who appreciates it inside your home, people will enjoy your art more when it is out in the world, don’t be selfish.” She also helped my with my first participation in an art tour, where I sold several painting! My next shoutout would be for my best friend Laura Santos who introduced me to Weeda Hamdan. Laura is always pushing me into different angles and ideas about the art business. Finally, I would like to give a shoutout to the visual arts community, which includes artists, art event creators, art buyers and so many more. I have learned so much and never felt more supported than any other community I have been a part of. I am hopeful about the future of this industry and I am very excited to see what lies ahead!
I, Marc Truelove, took the photographs of everything I have submitted to you.