Artist, Matthew Brinston, talks on life and adventure through his creative outlets, adventure and traveling across the states for his install of 'I Wish I Were Me' at newly relocated WAAS Gallery at NRG Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Lyssa Strickley : Since becoming an emerging artist, what have been some personal challenges that you've faced in the industry?

Matthew Brinston : The first obstacle I had as an emerging artist ended up being equally as rewarding as it was challenging. It was people responding to my work. Most people reacted to my paintings in a very positive way and were receiving the positive message I try convey through my pieces. The negative response was from old peers that didn’t agree with the new life I was starting and reacted with trashing my name and also my property, more specifically slitting a tire on my car. I haven’t had any situation arise that I can’t handle though. I don’t let things get to point where it affects my craft.

LS : What have you learned about yourself in the last two years in deciding to wholeheartedly pursue your art career?

MB : I have learned what the word HUSTLE means in the past two years of pursuing a career in fine arts. I’ve learned that I shouldn’t rely on only my own thoughts to inspire work but to listen to God, and take in every sight and sound and interaction into consideration when creating.

LS : Can you talk a little bit on what inspired #fr33af and your initiative of leaving free art out in public places across the states?

MB : #fr33af is my way of spreading my message my story and my craft in a way that people don’t expect. Giving away my paintings has been such a beautiful experience and has created a lot of new relationships I didn’t have prior. It fills me up with so much joy when I know someone has picked up one of my pieces. Doing this on a road trip across the country was full of memories I won’t ever forget. I met people from the other side of the world at Hoover Dam. #fr33af made someone go from telling me to GET A LIFE to us hugging on their driveway. I painted a longboard next to the ocean and a few minutes later became friends with a business owner right on Venice Beach. It’s something I hope to do across the world.

LS : What was the most significant, personal event from your trip?

MB : I met so many amazing artists that inspired me on more than just an artistic level, I fell in love with the city of Los Angeles. I always say that I want my art to take me around the world, but that trip made me realize that it’s time for that to start happening and to not be afraid of not knowing but to take a fucking huge bite if you have a tiny nibble.

LS : What was your favorite memory from the trip?

MB : My favorite memory from the trip was driving by myself from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the PCH. I spent seven hours just talking to God about coming to terms with what’s to come in the future and relying on nothing but faith and my willpower.

LS : What do you and WAAS Gallery see for your near future?

MB : In the near future WAAS and I have some dope projects happening in the Summer. On my birthday, May 6th, I’m releasing a collection "One-Hundred Bones" of 100 sketchbook pieces that will be kind of the skeleton of the different experiences of my last two years since realizing painting IS my life’s calling, exhibiting a show of painted motorcycle helmets, and collaborations  with some mind blowing artists from out West later this year. I’m not just trying to put on exhibitions, I’m trying to create experiences!

Oh, and a move to the West Coast.