About Damon

If you couldn't be an artist, what would you do instead?

I definitely would want to be a curator at an art museum. I am so grateful to live in Washington, DC, where we have many amazing art museums. I enjoy frequenting exhibits and find it quite interesting to see how individual curators approach the challenge of organizing and presenting work.

What, for you, are the greatest benefits/challenges of being an artist?

I enjoy the range of creative opportunities that exist for me as an artist. Every day, I have the chance to plot the direction of my work -- yet, never know when my journey will reveal something new. There are days when failures can be frustrating -- however, I continually remind myself that failures often create new successes. Most certainly, curiosity drives my art practice -- and, I hope that this inquisitive nature will sustain me for many years to come.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

In the early 90s, I lived in New York City while completing a summer internship. During that stay, I attended an artist's studio reception that hosted a large group of people. During the course of the evening, I backed into a wet painting -- leaving the entire back of my pants and jacket saturated with oil paint. I swear, just as it all happened, all music and conversation came to a standstill! To this day, I wish I had archived those clothes, as that artist is now an international success.

What's the most indispensable item in your studio?

My headphones. No work happens unless I have them in place. Music often motivates my best work.

What work of art do you wish you owned?

Mark Rothko's "No. 14, 1960" -- a painting that is part of the collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. When I first visited this venue, I rounded the corner and there it was -- installed on the back wall at the end of a sizable gallery. I remember it as stunning, breathtaking, ethereal  -- and, I spent quite a long period of time taking it all in. It's the type of work that envelops you.

What superpower would you have and why?

I wish that I could fly. It would be quite fantastic to up and visit Paris for lunch on a whim someday. (I watched *way* too many episodes of "Bewitched" as a kid!)

Why should people support WPA or organizations like it?

Nonprofit organizations often do so much with so little -- and, are full of talented people who are dedicated and passionate. Over the years, many of these people have lent their time and expertise to me -- and, in doing so -- have contributed to the successes I've had as an artist. When others support WPA or organizations like it, they ensure that these invaluable professionals gain the recognition and rewards that they deserve.

Do you have a website where we can see other examples of your artwork?

www.damonarhos.com

Artwork included in the WPA Auction Exhibition