I moved apartments this semester and got to know my roommate Erik Linton. He’s a swell guy and turns out he’s also an amazing artist. He lived in Peru for two years and is fascinated with Latin and Native American culture. He sketches quite a bit, but also works in this unusual, but awesome medium called Scratchboard. Basically, it’s a black board that when scratched reveals white underneath. It’s pretty amazing simply because it leaves virtually no room for errors. Erasing is not an option. He’s got this picture of a Navajo child hanging in our living room.
I’ve always admired this sort of artistry that really requires a solid vision of what the piece is supposed to look like. It takes a great deal of focus and serenity to visualize a piece like this before making the first scratch. It’s a similar style I take when I start composing. I don’t write a single note until I can actually hear the music ringing in my head. There’s a concert hall in my mind and if I can hear it there, then I can start writing. Sometimes, it’s all a matter of dictation. After I finish a piece, sometimes I feel like I didn’t really do anything except put into a notated form.
Speaking of notated form, My commission is due by the end of this month. We’ll see if I can finish it ahead of schedule!
Visit my roommates website at www.lintonart.com