Cory Still, Gilroy, CA. Member Since August 2013 Artist Statement My name is Cory Still. I grew up in Sunnyvale, CA., forty miles south of San Francisco. I had always enjoyed art growing up as a kid. I was the only one in my family with any real interest in art. I became most interested in art when I hit high school. I attended Bellarmine College Prep, in San Jose, CA. (1984-88), a very highly acclaimed academic and athletic school in California. It was a relatively small school, so there was much opportunity to grow as a student, person and a member of the community. There was much opportunity to learn the arts. It was a great preparation to the next level.
I chose to go to California State University, Long Beach.(1988-94) As we called it, The Beach. I majored in Art and Design. They have a very demanding program. This programs' classes main priority was in perfecting your hand skills. There was very little if any digital work. Unfortunately, I was unable to graduate. I had a terrible thing happen to me that ruined my college life. The one day, I took my whole portfolio to school to receive some critiques from my teachers, it was stolen out of my car. Five years worth of work, down the drain. I was devastated. I ended up quitting school. After this travesty, I had no passion for art anymore. I know this should not be an excuse, but I started to drink very heavily.
From 1994 to the mid 2000's, I worked in the golf industry. It was an interesting time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was able to meet many different and wonderful people in that span. After that chapter, I moved back to the Bay Area and had a few good jobs in the .com startup boom. But unfortunately again, they ended up going bankrupt. So that left me with bartending. That was fun and all but it just wasn't cutting it for me. I was drinking more and more, until it landed me in the hospital. In late 2012, I checked myself into rehab for two months, and have been sober since.
Since regaining my sobriety this past year (2013), my passion for art has been rejuvenated. I have been able to see and think a lot more clearly. I feel that I have had a positive influence on many of my friends and aquaintances showing that I am able to recover from a personal setback.
My favorite medium is pen, ink, and marker. I consider myself a very detailed oriented person, which shows up in my style of artwork. I view myself as a photo realist. Unless someone wants something specific, I just love to draw whatever comes to mind, looks good or what I feel at the time.