We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Schoolfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, what principle do you value most?
It’s all about being yourself. Character-wise I would have to say, probably honesty and being loyal. Continually practicing and striving to be who you are meant to be. When you align yourself with who you really are, everything you do will be authentic.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think that, like many others, my art is a specific branch of creativity – creativity expressing itself through me. It is my version – interpretation – reflection, of whatever is responsible for life, in the spiritual sense. I have my own style and I arrived where I am today because I worked hard and stayed consistent. I did what I needed to do so that I could continually make art. Sometimes I question if I love it, but either way, it seems like the most necessary thing for me to do. I feel like it’s the most meaningful thing that I could give back to this mystery called life. It’s a ‘drop in the ocean’, but it’s my mark, at the least. I suppose I would tell the world to unite on common ground, but it cannot be common ground that is forced.. Not even the small subtle forceful acts that build up over time. Remain open for expansion and collaboration. You are not unique in your misery, nor are you the greatest thing to walk the earth. But, everyone carries everything you need within you to let your fullest potential flourish. There’s a guidance – a ‘knowing’- that gently presents what you need, to bring about anything that is for you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like the simple things, like car rides and scenery. I would drive up Lookout Mountain, and along the Missionary Ridge. Depending on the time of year, I might walk around the art district and stop in the Edwin Hotel. On the other hand, as soon as I find inspiration, I’m ready to start creating. So, the itinerary then becomes a talking point, and not a structured guideline. Area 61 would be on the list, and I would have to find a spot where my friend Jack Kirton and his band, Endelouz, might be playing and stop in wherever that may be. Hosting at my studio space is definitely on the list as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am without my family. I’m also fortunate enough to have some close friends, as well. Keeli Crewe at Area 61, and the Lakey family at Art Warehouse, have been impactful when it comes to positive influence on my career. Overall, my family is my main support system, and the professional relationships that have been created along the way, truly want the best for me.