AJ Masthay




Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently


Im a Connecticut boy, born and raised. I currently live and work out of West Hartford, CT



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures


I've been drawing since before I can remember, my parents have my show and tell drawings from kindergarden to prove it...



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding


I was never much of a skateboarder although many of my friends were/are way into it. 



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


Tough to name just one artist but Salvador Dali was a huge influence on me as a young artist.

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing


Im a huge 'Collector" of things, not quite hoarder status but I certainly enjoy hitting the local flea markets on the weekends to find my treasures. Never know whats going to get the inspiration going.



Who are your biggest influences


Ive already mentioned Dali, but other influences on me as an artist include the old masters like Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli and some 20th century painters such as Georgia O'keefe and Norman Rockwell. Contemporary influences would include peers such as Jeff Wood, Emek, Chuck Sperry and David Welker.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


Im primarily known for my work as a linoleum block printer but I'd love to get back to creating lithographs and dabbling in egg tempera painting,



Anything else you want to tell?


Just a plug for my website www.masthaystudios.com where folks can see my full portfolio of work and prints currently available for purchase.