Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Seth Larson, I am also an artist working primarily with oil.
Why do you do what you do?
The reason I started painting was to fill my time and express myself. That has since changed to inspire others around me with what ends up on my canvases.
How do you work?
I usually get everything set up in my garage. Set up my canvas and easel, clean my brushes, get my music ready and go for it. I never have a structured way of painting. I start and finish the paintings within a few hours depending on the sizes. My one rule is never start a painting if I will not be able to finish it that night.
What’s your background?
Before starting in painting, my focus was on my music and acting career. Things were going well until my dad was diagnosed with his disease. At that point in time, I had to put my dreams on hold to remain at home caring for him. I still needed a means to express myself during this time and picked up painting. With no training, I simply continued to paint to strengthen this new gift. It has created such a wonderful community for me and overwhelmed my heart. I now care for my parents, paint and continue to train in music and acting.
Favorite Disneyland Memory?
I have so many memories with family and friends, but one that stands out to me most was about two years ago when my pass was expiring. We concluded my last trip by watching Fantasmic and as the show ended I was sobbing in front of all of my friends. They knew how much Disneyland meant to me, the dreams I have, but also my current situation and how I had to let go for a time. We all stood there after the show, tears in our eyes, just loving on each other with full faith that I would get to return and fulfill a dream of mine someday. It was just a beautiful moment.
How has your practice changed over time?
I began painting on smaller canvases and with more restrictions. I quickly graduated to the largest canvases I could buy and allowed for a very “free” painting environment. Instead of being a perfectionist and obsessing flaws, I really let my mistakes become part of the piece.
What art do you most identify with?
Beside musical arts, oil paintings are what I identify most with. Particularly landscapes and skies falling into a more dramatic category. They allow me to transport myself into them.
What work do you most enjoying doing?
I enjoy painting landscapes and skies in limited color palettes most.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood that relates to Disney?
My siblings and I would dance around the living room to Disney soundtracks as kids. That is where I really fell in love with music. My aunt, who looked exactly like Belle, dressed up as her on my birthday for Halloween one year. Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite film since that time.
What themes do you pursue?
The general theme in my artwork, whether it’s my Disney inspired work or my landscapes, is hope and faith. Through the titles, descriptions, settings, colors and inspiration behind them, I want people to see hope and feel faith within the painting and be inspired in their own lives to believe for the impossible.
What’s your favorite art work?
Of my own work? My favorite piece that I have done would be the Enchanted Rose. Transformation comes as we learn to love.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
As far as painting goes, my professional goals are mostly to continue to paint pieces that truly touch those that view them. I would like to continue to do art shows and eventually be accepted into a Disneyland gallery so that people can get the chance to have art in their home.
To view more of Seth’s artwork, visit his Instagram . Give him a follow on twitter at @Sethlarson. Prints and other pieces are available for purchase on his website and Redbubble account. Currently, Everything in his shop is 20% off including all prints, originals and 2016 calendar preorders. Use code: ThankYou