Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for July 2014
Here is our recent Q&A with Barry Hammaker, an artist from Dillsburg, PA
Tell us briefly about your background and how you got started in your medium.
I’ve been painting all my life, graduated from York Academy of Arts in 1971. Worked as a creative director for Tower Advertising in Dillsburg for 35 years. Retired in 2007. In the last year, I painted 70 new paintings. Pen and Ink with an acrylic wash with detail one part of the painting. Now I am trying to sell my work. I ran out of space at my home. I have my own gallery.
What do you like most about your medium?
I like acrylic because of the bright color and it dries fast.
Who or what have been your inspirations?
John Suchy, an artist from NewYork. He does a lot on pen and ink work of taxis and people in the city. I am lucky to have one of his earlier work from 1985- an original. A hot dog man selling to a taxi driver. And also Gerald Putt from Boiling Springs
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
I have a painting of Dill’s Tavern in Dillsburg. I worked from a black and white photo taken in the 1800s. I worked with people restoring the building for input. I had prints made and the people of Dillsburg were very supportive and I sold a lot.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
If you want to sell your work, get our early in life. Don’t do what I did, and wait til your older. But I do think you improve with age. The more you paint, the better you get. .