Hi, Edward Hopper, Could you tell us a bit about your background and what led you to pursue painting?

I was born in 1882 in Nyack, New York. My interest in art began in my youth. I studied illustration at the New York School of Art but soon realized that my true passion lay in painting. The early influence of Impressionism and my later exposure to realist painting shaped my focus. I was drawn to painting because of its ability to capture and convey the mood and atmosphere of a moment or place.

How would you describe your approach to art and the development of your style?

My approach to art is deeply rooted in realism, with a focus on the play of light and shadow and the portrayal of modern American life. Over time, my style evolved to emphasize simplicity and solitude in urban and rural scenes. I'm known for creating scenes that, while seemingly straightforward, often carry an underlying sense of loneliness or introspection.

What inspires you to choose the subjects that you do?

I'm inspired by the everyday scenes and environments around me – cityscapes, landscapes, and interiors. There's a certain beauty and intrigue in the ordinary and mundane that I try to capture in my work. I'm particularly interested in moments of solitude and the feelings of isolation that can occur even in crowded urban settings.

Could you elaborate on how you approach color in your work?

My use of color is often subdued yet intentional. I use color to enhance the mood and atmosphere of the scene, with a preference for warm, muted tones. The interplay of light and shadow is crucial in my work, and I use it to create a sense of depth and to highlight the emotional undertones of the scene.

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring artists who look up to your work?

To aspiring artists, I would say it's important to develop your own way of seeing the world. Stick to your vision, even if it goes against current trends. Spend time honing your skills in drawing and painting, as they are fundamental. And most importantly, be patient and persistent in your work. Great art often comes from a deep understanding of both the subject matter and one's own self.