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Michael Hubbard


What has been your favorite LAAFA experience?
Participating in critiques and the excitement about the work my peers are making.

In what ways has LAAFA helped you grow as an artist/designer?
Dedicating a full year to drawing helped me become a much better painter than ever before.

What has surprised you the most during your time here?
The rapid improvement.  Looking at my drawings and paintings before I started, the skills I have acquired are clearly evident.

Tell us something about yourself and/or your work that people would find surprising.
All ideas and inspiration comes single handedly from other artists, whether it is my peer’s work, or work hanging in a museum.

Have you found any faculty members particularly inspirational or thought-provoking?
Yes.  Some artists have challenged my ideas and made me think hard about the conceptual, while others simplified ideas so I was never confused.

What advice would you give a friend who was thinking about coming to LAAFA?
Work hard, but always give yourself a break.  If you obsessively work on homework and projects, your gonna burn out.  If your lazy, then just quit while your ahead.

What’s the most challenging aspect of studying art in general?
Finding fresh, new ideas that speaks to the contemporary art world.

When you are not in school or studying, what do you like to do around L.A.?
I enjoy the ocean.  It is so inspirational and nothing is more beautiful.  You can never go to the beach and have nothing to do.

Why did you choose to attend LAAFA?
I was born in Van Nuys, the location is near my neighborhood, and a person’s roots are extremely important when it comes to art.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far at LAAFA?
I learned great things about work ethic.  To work extremely hard, but at the same time to make sure I’m not beating myself up too much.

What do you hope to accomplish through your work?
I hope to represent Los Angeles through my work, to let the art world know that this is a great city for art.

Where do you find inspiration?
I’m inspired every time I go to galleries and museums.  In these situations I am not an artist, but the audience.

Have you had prior college experience before enrolling at LAAFA?
Yes.  I spent two years at a public community college waiting to discover what I wanted to do for a living.  This is where I took my very first figure drawing class.