We had the good fortune of connecting with Craig McInnis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Craig, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think that consistency is one of the main components that contributed to my success. This includes many facets. First and foremost I always followthrough on what I say. From showing up on time to appointments to scheduling and completion of projects. I run my art business with a focus on exceeding expectations and making sure that the entire process is as simple as possible for the client.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a multifaceted artist, I have had the opportunity to work in a wide array of “fields” and mediums. The diversity is due to my desire to come from a place of “YES”. In other words, I often tackle things out of my comfort zone. This fact has lead me to some great discoveries about my abilities and perceptions thereof. My career is a balance of commercial and fine art. The commercial work comes in the form of commissioned paintings and Illustrations, murals, graphic design, set design, prop design, decorative and scenic painting to name a few. These projects give me the opportunity to explore subject matter , processes and concepts that I might not normally gravitate towards, thus making me more well-rounded. My fine art is where I express exactly what I want. My two main avenues for creation in this realm are abstracts and social commentary pieces. The abstracts are to keep my mind free of barriers and chart new ground without a plan for a desired outcome. My social commentary art is a vent for frustrations with societal woes. They are also a fun way for me to continue my growth in pop-surreal, surreal, cartoon implementation. These are very fun for me since I started my artistic journey with cartoons as a kid. My art itself, regardless of venue or source is bold, colorful and many times thought provoking. This is what I strive for each time I set out on a new project..
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a muralist I am biased towards public art. I would recommend visiting our area’s concentrations of outdoor murals. Downtown West Palm, Northwood Village, Lake Park and Lake Worth are great spots to catch some beautiful work. As far as local flavors of culture and food, I again like Clematis Street in West Palm, specifically the 500 block. Also, my neighborhood of Northwood has lots of great restaurants and shops to explore. Live music is another must, and I prefer a few key places like, Kelsey Theater, Brewhouse Gallery, Guanabana’s and Respectable Street. For local brews my favorites are Skunkworts and Kelsey City Brewing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Trina and Anthony Burks are one of my most solid foundations for information, feedback and perspective, when it comes to my art business. As successful Art Business Owners themselves, they are an example to follow. When it comes to artistic discussions, critiquing outcomes and keeping a level head with business, my wife Renata is a voice of reason. As a professional artist herself, her input is quite valuable and I owe a good bit of my courage and business “calm” to her.