"The name came from being able to Bully a Canvas... Making the blank canvas do what I want it to do and my weapon is creativity and color."
Imagine having complete creative control over your work? It's a different sense of freedom. Robert describes art as creative expression. “Being able to tell a story without saying a word” is his favorite part of being an artist. He has been able to learn through trial and error, conversations and being open minded to different mediums of art. Robert “Bobby” Miller aka The Canvas Bully comes to us by way of Dallas, Texas originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
What made you decide to become an artist?
Canvas Bully: I really wanted to venture into photography They shared their work with me, which inspired me to paint. I'm a teacher as well (I teach 8th Grade Science) so during my 1st year of teaching (2011) during Christmas break, I had a lot of time off so I asked where do I get the stuff to paint. Bought 5 16x20 canvases and a starter kit of acrylic paint and started! I had dreams about painting after I finished those 5 canvases, went about got 20 more and I was addicted! It was a great way to escape and express myself.
As an artist, what inspires you?
Canvas Bully: I'm inspired by daily life! About becoming a better me! Quotes and Spoken Word. Music inspires me a lot as well. Sometimes it's just the melody of the strings in the song. I can listen to one song for hours if it gives me that vibe. I listen to all kinds of music. I'm also inspired by other artists that are working hard as well. Emilio Ramos, Ebony Lewis, Franklin Laws , Knowledge Bennett & Mike Savoie just to name a few of my favorites.
What was the inspiration behind your Runaway piece?
Canvas Bully: We all have this expectation of life being so perfect, the circles and lines going directly across the head in a perfect horizontal line... However, we all know that life has no perfect road! There are challenges, road blocks and potholes etc.. The different splatter/splash colors over the lines and circles. It's all about how you navigate through those times becoming a better you! In order to succeed you have to conquer these challenges/fears etc... You can't "Runaway".
If there were one thing you could change about being an artist, what would it be?
Canvas Bully: I'm not sure about that... Even though I have my challenges, I enjoy working through the process. It's more rewarding knowing you've worked your tail off and conquered whatever challenges that were in front of you.
In order to succeed you have to conquer these challenges/fears etc... You can't "Runaway".
Is there anything you want to add?
Canvas Bully: Thank you to those who have supported me in anyway. Every ounce of love is truly appreciated! I'm humbled by those that tell me that I/my art inspires them and I really appreciate the love.
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