Featured Artist Kent Epler

Artist Kent Epler’s fun, fantastic and crazy mixed-media sculptured characters stem from his overactive imagination. Enjoy more of his delightful work by visiting his website.

 

“Erma on the Loose” Mixed Media Sculpture, 28” x 43” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Erma on the Loose” Mixed Media Sculpture, 28” x 43” x 18”

 

Being and feeling creative is my life; it never shuts down. It’s how I live, breathe, and eat. It is who I am and how I express myself every minute of every day.

 

Artist Kent Epler in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Kent Epler in his studio.

 

Working in my studio is sort of a circus, with lots of visual exposure to raw materials and music (usually Broadway or cabaret singers.) I do work alone, but with all that stimulus, I do not feel alone. It’s crazy busy and high energy, but that kind of energy in people is attractive, too.

 

“The Willow Family” Mixed Media Sculpture, 3 Pieces, Each 8” x 18” x 6”by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Willow Family” Mixed Media Sculpture, 3 Pieces, Each 8” x 18” x 6”

 

So, when I am marketing myself at an art show or gallery opening, it is a full-on performance and the people interested in my work gravitate to the fun, positive atmosphere.

 

“Dee Dee” Mixed Media Sculpture, 36” x 42” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dee Dee” Mixed Media Sculpture, 36” x 42” x 18”

 

Some of my best work is the result of a mistake. It’s all in how the error is approached. Start over??? Not me. I go forward and let the mistake guide me. It is a ride into uncharted water, which is thrilling and exciting. The end result can be so successful; the lesson learned is to not fight it, but rather take it inside.

 

“Faye” Mixed Media Sculpture, 25” x 45” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Faye” Mixed Media Sculpture, 25” x 45” x 18”

 

If you are a working artist, you are a selling artist. It is just how things work. You never forget the first time you sell a piece you created. They love it, get it, and get you. When you don’t sell, you doubt the work. It’s all part of the years-old game.

 

“Elephant God” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 40” x 20” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Elephant God” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 40” x 20”

 

Would I do it even if it never sells? Of course! I would try other mediums, venues. Until the ideas stop and my heart stops.

 

“Lulu Fan Fav of the Queen Pin Bowling Alley” Mixed Media Sculpture, 25” x 45” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lulu Fan Fav of the Queen Pin Bowling Alley” Mixed Media Sculpture, 25” x 45” x 18”

 

My work produces a strong gut response—rarely lukewarm— a love it or hate it response. “What do people do with this?’ “What would I tell the neighbors?” “Is this your wife’s work?” “What kind of drugs are you on?” “What is going on in that head of yours?” Most times I find it funny and reply, “It’s a party in here!” And then, the next person says, “Oh my God, you are some kind of crazy. I love this!”

 

“Sir Huffington” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 45” x 24” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sir Huffington” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 45” x 24”

 

As an adult I understand that anything I might have questioned as a child helped make me who I am today. I can still laugh at that child. What great energy and abandonment I had, and still do.

 

“The Tinman” Mixed Media Sculpture, 28” x 45” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Tinman” Mixed Media Sculpture, 28” x 45” x 18”

 

I think most artists are kids who never grow up. We are the lost boys from NeverLand. Still making mud pies and putting on puppet shows. It’s a great life that I would never change.

 

“Queen for a Day” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 46” x 18” by artist Kent Eppler. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Queen for a Day” Mixed Media Sculpture, 24” x 46” x 18”

 

Life is a roller coaster and you either grip the safety bar and hold on or throw your hands in the air!

 

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