Math and Art in One.
When you think about art, the first thing that pops into your head probably isn’t math, and visa versa. But if you’re Michael Schultheis, math is art. Instead of butchering what the interview says, I’m going to give you the lowdown as to why Schultheis is an interesting artist.
It’s not necessarily his pieces that are amazing – it’s his story. The passion that has continued from math into art has never died down, and you can tell by the way he talks about his work, whether it be art or math. He is in love with what he does, and he does it for himself.
That shows a true artist.
Schultheis’s search for his specialty is one many of us have heard. He tried watercolor, all the way to abstract, and went everywhere in between, until he found what he was looking for. It goes to show that you have to keep searching, and you can’t give up. It’s not like Schultheis knew he was going to mix math and art together when he first started out, but he also didn’t have expectations. Schultheis was open to answers and continued to search, even when he was pursuing other jobs.
Schultheis didn’t quit.
Schultheis is a very Right Brained person. I know what you’re thinking, but… He does math all day! Have you heard the way this guy talks about math? (If you haven’t, the link to the podcast is included) It’s like he’s talking about art. At 4:15, Schultheis begins to talk about the start of his artistic journey, and you can hear how passionate he is about math, and how much beauty he sees in it. He sees more than numbers, it’s like an orchestra, it’s like a work of art.
Art is everywhere, you don’t even have to know where to look.
His entertaining story also adds to the value of his pieces. It’s not about the piece itself anymore – there’s background to it. People like to know about backgrounds. I’ll bet you a good amount of money that it was his story that made him so popular. Art collectors want to have a story attached to the piece of work – they want to be able to talk about it, and what better way to grab someones attention than with a compelling story?
Schultheis tells a good tale.
This video had a lot in store, for artists especially. We can learn a lot, just from Schultheis and the seemingly innocent lessons he’s brought up. Or maybe I read too much into things. Either way, this is a great podcast and I highly recommend listening to it. The part of this interview that makes me smile uncontrollably is when Schultheis talks about all the techniques he tried – it gives hope to artists that don’t know their way yet. By the way, look up how much these pieces sell for. If Michael Schultheis stopped pursuing art because he didn’t know what to do yet, we wouldn’t have this wonderful interview to learn so much from, nor another example of new things artists are doing nowadays. If you leave with nothing but one piece of information, let it be “do not give up.”
Listen to the podcast here.