Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Dieringer.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
For as long as I can remember, art has been a part of my life. At a young age, I started drawing story books. It was a great way to pass time on long family car rides. Color pencils and copy paper folder in half were my self-publishing tools. I began writing short stories, mysteries, in my early teens as well as exploring drawing with chalk. Somewhere along the way, I excavated an old family camera and asked my parents if I could buy a film cartridge and see if it still worked. That camera went with me on every trip and thus my interest in photography was born.
My mother had a passion for oil painting and would create beautiful landscape paintings. She taught me the techniques, but my lack of patience conflicted with my perfectionist tendencies and I started to explore abstract art. When I got to high school, my parents encouraged me to join drama club as a way to get me to come out of my shell. Terrible stage fright landed me in small bit parts, which afforded me time to explore lighting and scenic design. I carried that new passion with me to college where I minored in theatre with an emphasis in scenic design. I’m proud to say I have 8 designs to my credit, including an award-winning production.
I never considered myself a professional artist until recently. I had a skewed perception that to be professional I had to be selling my work. Earlier this summer I had my first large show at a local café. I made a comment to the curator that I had a couple of photos in a local amateur exhibit. She looked at me with a perplexed raised eyebrow and said, “Honey, you’re not an amateur. You’re professional.” To hear that from an artist I admire completely shifted my mindset. It validated me as an artist. I wasn’t just an artist in my own mind.
Please tell us about your art.
My current artistic endeavors revolve around nature/landscape/cityscape photography and abstract acrylic paintings. The paintings are still in my abstract realm, but have taken on distinct inspirations from my journeys in nature. I find myself snapping pics with my phone while out on hikes or even walks in the city, capturing interesting colors, textures and patterns that may inspire a painting.
I love cityscapes and architecture subjects because there are beautiful structured lines and textures. But I’ve found nature and landscape subjects to be my passion. I have always turned to nature to ground myself when life gets chaotic or busy or overwhelming. Macro photography of flowers and plants seem to be becoming my specialty. It’s fascinating to zoom in on the beauty of a tiny world we so easily overlook.
About a year ago, I started an Instagram account to share my photos (and sometimes pics of my other artwork). Not only did I want to share my artwork, but I wanted to share the inspiration I feel when I’m out in nature. The sense of wonder. The sense of calm. The sense of interconnectedness. The sense of balance. The feeling of joy of doing what I love.
Often, the images on Instagram stand on their own. Sometimes I provide commentary on where the photo was taken or what I thought/felt at the moment or if it reminds me of something or sparks a more philosophical moment of reflection. I hope that my artwork inspires others to connect with nature and with each other. Take a breath and revel in the amazing world around us. Put some positive energy out into the universe.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Trust your instincts. Though we are taught principles of our artistic disciplines, art is purely an expression from you and there aren’t any rules for that.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best way to view a large array of my work is by following me on Instagram. A small collection of some photos and paintings are available for purchase on Etsy. Additional photos and accessories are available for purchase on SmugMug. I will be launching a fundraising campaign within the next few months to raise money for photography tours to Europe and Asia.
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/nicolastoddesigns
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolastodseyes/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicolasTodDesigns/
- Other: https://nicolastoddesigns.smugmug.com/