Interview with Adam Ivy – Google Plus Arts
Adam Ivy :
With over 20 years of experience as as a self taught artist,
Trey Coppland has managed to create quite an extensive catalog ranging
from…street art to photography, but finds its home primarily in abstract
He’s worked with clientele that includes businesses, charities, and individual
clients ranging from the U.S. to Mexico. Now as impressive as that and his
I personally believe the biggest highlight is the fact that he has achieved all of
this in spite of the daily challenges he faces from learning disabilities which
make him painfully shy!
Truly a testament to the power of both human will and artistic expression.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Trey Coppland and feel free to leave a
First thing I notice about your work is its vibrancy.
What makes you gravitate to creating with such bold color?
I am a huge fan of color, color can change a mood a feeling and create a
positive energy in everything. Art and Interior Design.
Color is much bigger than we give it credit for sometimes.
I’ve known some artists that speak on color serving as a form of therapy.
Obviously it’s a huge part of your work, but can you talk about its level of
importance in your life and how you view the world?
I learned at a very early age about color.
I did not have the best childhood and some of my experiences left deep scars.
I went through stages of how color affected my moods.
I did the whole, ‘I want my house in all dark colors;’ and then to wanting my
home in all white colors.
I found that having dark colors made my moods darker, and having white
color mixed with bright to almost neon colors in the art for my walls, using
the bright color as accents- that my moods were up, and I was a happier
"When you get into having 1000 definitions, you lose the point of art." – Trey
How to find your art style seems like a common question among beginning
What advice can you give for taking natural interest/ talent and turning it into
a developed style?
I am not sure if that would be a good question for me, lol….. my art goes all
over the mediums of art…. I love drawing, I love watercolors, I love painting
and something new I am into is mixed media.
Not knocking any ones art but if you look at a lot of pages or portfolios
everything looks the same after I while and I don’t want that label of , ” oh he
is this or that style” I like to keep people wondering who’s art is that…. ??
Speaking of style, the way you blend colors and brushstrokes is definitely one
of a kind!
How do you describe your style?
Depending on my mood you can read my art if you know me pretty well……
I can work with soft strokes and you know I am in a good place, if you art
and paint are all over the place and on me and my studio walls and floor ,
well ya know my day is not going that great…. But to define me,
I think I would have to say abstract because it
does have such a wide area to work under…
How do you define abstract and what is it about abstract art that makes it your
Abstract can be some many things, and I will probably get kicked off of
LinkedIn for saying this but… anything to me that is not defined or does not
have a 100% meaning orstyle behind it, or something you are 100% sure of
can be under abstract in my book.
Everyone does not say that or look at art that way but, when you get into
having 1000 definitions you lose the point of art.
Art is art and it comes from the soul of your body! Painting, digital, drawing,
mixed media, photography its all art.
Let’s just be happy with that and all get along and respect the fact you created
something beautiful today.
What do you see when you look at a blank canvas?
When I see a blank canvas I see joy, because I know I can work for hours
expressing my feelings and letting it all out, and that is the best therapy and
medication possible…. lots of color… !!
For those who may have seen your work but never interacted with you; or for
those that would never have a chance to even see the face behind the art, what
would you hope for them to sense about you through the work?
That I am a person with a huge heart and see love and beauty in everything.
Everyone is gifted and has talent, you just have to find it. It’s not easy for
most people, but keep looking and you will find it; and once you do …. You
will be the happiest person on this earth!
What’s next for you Sir Coppland?
Living creating and being as happy as I can be with what I have…. And of
course working in my studio everyday creating something everyday to make