Bill McInerney [billprint]
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
Commercial Real Estate
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
I've studied Public Communications at Boston University, and many diverse real estate courses.
I studied communications at BU to become an effective communicator. It was only when I was drafted and was with the US Army in France as Information Specialist did I learn commnications.
I studied many subject pertaining to real estate including commercial and investment property appraising, commercial lease analysis, fundaments of valuation, income approach to valuation, real estate abatement ( property tax reduction) techniques. I have studied markerting as how to best market real estate properties. I have sold and leased over 10 million square feet of gross building area, and each property, each "deal, " was in many ways the best education.
I have studied art at the Massachusetts College of Art-Boston.
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I began as a printmaker and now also do paintings, drawings, watercolors, woodblock, lino-block prints and monoprints.
I define myself as a modernist based on sound artistic traditions.
What is your message?
Beauty is triumphant!
Your biography in four lines.
Born and raised in Lowell, MA an old New England textile mill city that has always seen better days. Studied art at Mass Art-Boston. Educated at Boston University, Army Veteran (Berlin Crisis), married with four grown healthy and well educated children. Forty year career in commercial& investment real estate, including billboards and cell towers.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Facebook.com (Bill McInerney) and my blog, "Mac Art" at macart.Blogger.com
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
An idea is born from every day daily life, from the common, the usual and very ordinary as eveything and everyone has beauty within.
What is inspiration; eveything is in some magical way inspiration! What the eye can see, what the mind perceives. Inspiration begins from within; with the willingness to accept what is seen by the eyes.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
For the early cave person the wheel was technology. Technology is a part of the fabic of life and can be used for good or bad. I use simple tools; a pen, a pencil, watercolors, paper, canvass, wood panels, and I may or may not listen to music via the radio or internet as I draw or paint.
What is art?
The is the "spirit" in spirituality. It is the ultimate form of communications. Art is inspiration and a prayer. Art is utterly simple and unfathomable simultaneously. It's both a questiona and answer. It's beauty reduced to line, color, form.
When do you get your best ideas?
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
Execute the idea and let it site for a decade, or two. Then look at it. ANd the work will tell one if it is good or bad.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
The creative ideas that brought us harmony, peace and justice.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I was in the first grade. I just knew that I would be an artist. A serious eye accident I had at age 14 through me off course for four decades. It was then I made it to art school.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Creativity is the essence of volatility. It's the spark, the flame, the wonderful explosion of light and color and mass.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Yes and no. Modern art is now 100 years old. Postmodern ended yesterday ( Painting is dead!) and the critics will give us a new word tommorow.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
With total honesty.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Ann Sexton called it, " The awful rowing to God." I think every artist should seek higher and higher self authenticity each day.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Max Beckman. German. Generally overlooked and greatly ignored today but he merged the traditional and modern into one. Heads overheels of Piccasso who was, in my opinion, the master of distortion.
All of the "anonymous" ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese and Indian artist who gave us the foundation of art. Do we want the "mere name of the artist" or the results??
They, them, Max and others influence my works inways I don't understand. I like and admire them and maybe their reflections seeps in. I don't know.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Not much. Public funding is the political correct term for "taxes." Give to one only if you give to all, or not at all. Should " we" have public funding for priests? Nuns? Hookers?
Why one group and not another??
Is art necessary?
To the artist. Kafka may have been correct in willing that all of his works be destoyed when he died. Art is. Is art necessary? No, fire, food, air, now they are necessay.
Transporation is nice; not necessay, I don't buy into a lot of mumbo-jumbo.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
WHen you buy a loaf of bread you don't buy the baker!
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
The short answer is: I don't know what the next step is.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I would prefer it if works of art were buried with the artists when they die. This would create lots of musuem wallspace for younger artist to fill.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
I avoid them. And I will avoid them in the future. Buy direct; no middlemen or middlegals. Or don't buy. I don't chase buyers and they don't have to find me. Brokers hustle commissions. Gallery owners are in it for the money as they should be. Representatives represent themselves first and last in all fields. Intermidiaries are seeking power, money,or both. Who needs them.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Those which pays well and in advance.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
I enjoy drawing, painting, wood carving, printmaking. I enoy reading, surfing the web, daydreaming, and going for a walk.
Do you personally collect any items?
Which websites do you frequently visit?
Museum web sites; Boston Museum of Fine Art. MOMA. Eact. The Museum in St Louis ( they have a large Beckman Collection) etc.I don't carry aound web site addresses.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Start yesterday and learn from you mistakes. Work. Work. Work. It's all work.
Draw, paint, if you have no money, draw in the sand. If you can't afford fine oils, just buy cheap hardware store paint. Can't buy canvass; get discarted cardboard boxes.
Make no execuse. None. No excuses and more and more grunt work. Then ask youelf in 10 years or 20 years, am I improving?
Don't be in a rush. Art is not a race.
Study and learn from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and all of the great writers and poets. When not working: study' read, visit museums and today every museum is here; on the internet.
Have fun, enjoy life and no booze or drugs; none. Only one addiction allowed; work.
Concord, MA, USA