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S. Preston - An Unintentional Talent Mixed with Persistence and Creativity


S Preston

S. Preston grew up in an Asian family, where the expectation was to be come a doctor or a lawyer. Saying that, he never imagined that he would be an artist. So, he always focused on the academics, all the while doodling in the margins of his text books.

S. Preston bounced around in many careers, but his creativity always seemed to be a part of every job and helped him excel. So being an artist is a unintentional talent that has been nurtured throughout his life.

              S Preston


Where do you find your inspiration?
I watch a lot of sports… I mean a LOT.  Luckily I’m not 300lbs sitting on a couch because I also play a lot of sports too.  So my inspiration is the things I love sports and clean design.  Oddly enough it took me 40 years to figure out I should put the two together!

If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?
Derek Jeter was an artist!  Roy Halliday was definitely an artist.  Greg Maddux no doubt was an artist!   Seriously though, the minimalist artists that I look up to are Saul Bass and MC Escher.  I love how their creative minds work.   Google them both.  You’re recognize both of them instantly.

What has been the best moment in your career?
My career has been awfully short, and everything has been moving so quickly. Sometimes I don’t have a chance to pull over and recognize the moment.  I’ve been to many sports memorabilia shows and had to line up to get autographs from my favorite athletes.  At my first All-Star game, I looked at the line of people wanting my autograph and wanting to take pictures with me, and I’m mentally shaking my head in disbelief. It’s an honor to have my artwork connect to so many fans that way.

What is your ideal day?
My ideal day involves beach, sun, and a sketch book, and possibly a Blue Jays game in my headphones.

Who is your role model?
I always say that baseball players or professionally athletes are not heroes.  Celebrities and athletes aren’t role models, they are just doing their job.  My role models are people with courage and fearlessly make their world and the world around them better. People that come to mind is Jim Abbott and Lauren Hill.  Both were dealt a bad hand in life and learned to succeed as a result.  I think those type of people are the ones to hold up.

If you could do anything, what would it be?
Pass.  I hate this question.  I’m at the age where fantasy turns to dreams and goals. I’m living my goal and dream.  Wouldn’t want anything more.

Why do you create art?
Money, of course?  Why else?  JK.  I do it cause I love it.  When I see amazing things, the first thing I want to do is draw it.  Like I mentioned, I’ve drawn my entire life, and it was never a job.  Even when I try to explain ideas to people in my old office jobs, I would sketch it out first.  Now, people buy those sketches. :D

What art do you most identify with?
Minimalism!  Less is more!  Addition by subtraction.  I come from a web design background where simplicity and ease-of-use is critical.  We call it 5-second appeal - where the viewer can “get it” and emotionally connect to an idea, product or design within 5 seconds.  Minimalist is much the same.  My minimalist artwork should be instantly recognizable (if you get it) and then your mind will fill in the gaps and create an emotional connection.

How has your art changed throughout your life?
That was explained earlier.  I would add that I’ve never been to art school.  Correct that, my mother put me in a weekend course at the library when I was 8, but other than that moment on a canvas, I have never been educated to create.  Basically my art is just a wavering road of trial and error and testing ideas.  I’m not sure if that’s something to admire or to be ashamed.

What is your dream project?
Dream project?  I never thought of that?  Just a couple years ago I would have wanted to design the Apple website.  But, now that I’m a sports artist, I would say any project with a team, league of player is cool.  I’m currently doing a project with the Detroit Tigers, which I hope to announce soon.  And something with the Hall of Fame, which I’m very excited about...  Oh, oh oh, I know… I would love to create something for the  the Olympics.  I own four authentic Olympic torches and I’m un-approachable for 16 days every 2 years.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Ira Glass’ quote about persistence and creative work hangs on my wall.

                 S Preston



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