Local Geek: Artist Eddie the Yeti
I was first introduced to Eddie the Yeti’s art at the Grand Opening event for the Adventurer’s Quarter game store in Arvada, Colorado. Eddie will be donating several pieces of art for the Thanksgaming charity event on November 2nd, 2013. This week we talk to Eddie the Yeti about his art.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am the “y3t1” officially. Many friends call me Eddie the y3t1 or Eddie the Yeti. I draw and paint some pretty chaotic art. I also am an information security consultant on the side. I am a staff member at the DefCon conference in Las Vegas each year and sell a lot of art for charity there I also do a lot of art for the Rock industry. I have done 17 album covers and a lot of personal work for Dan Spitz from ‘Anthrax’ and Doug Huffman from ‘Boston’. My art has also been featured on the History Channel.
Where did the moniker, Eddie the Yeti, come from?
My kids actually. I climb a lot mountains (climbed all the 14ers before it was the cool thing to do). One day my kids got a happy meal and there was a plastic Yeti in it as a toy. It said ‘Eddie the Yeti’ on the foot so they called me Eddie the Yeti. It stuck.
Why do you do art?
I really started doing art heavily in 2004 to deal with a lot of bad things that were going on in my life. It was a private thing. Then my friend Russ Rogers encouraged me to put up a website with my art and it took off from there. It is a release. “Art supplies are cheaper than therapy” I always say.
How did you start adding food to your art palette?
I am an untrained artist. I do not know the right way to paint or draw so one day I was feeling particularly chaotic and went to the refrigerator for some ‘paint’ and it took off from there. I ended up experimenting with many food stuffs for color and tint. I found out that in addition to their color properties several respond to heat in odd and wonderful ways to I incorporate that in many pieces as well. I commonly use Ink, Wine, Soy Sauce, Lime Juice, Tea, Coffee, Hot Sauce, Cherry Juice, POM Juice, Blueberry Juice, Mustard, and a lot of other food.
What’s your background?
In art? Almost none. I had gentleman try to help me do an oil painting back when I was a kid. I did not do well in the one art class I had in high school. I thrive on chaos in my art and being heavily directed to work in a certain style is painful for me.
What art do you most identify with?
I am a bit eclectic. I like Picasso and Dali and Steadman and Giger and Banksy. Many others but those are some of my favorites.
What themes do you pursue?
My earlier work was all emotionally based and frankly, fairly negative. I was working out a lot of pain. Over time I have explored many themes. There is usually some darkness or dark element involved even in the ‘pretty’ work. A friend once stated “If you drew a unicorn and rainbows it would probably have no head and blood splattering all over the rainbow”. It is not quite that severe but his point is well taken.
I’ve seen some of your geeky art in person, from Star Wars to dragons. Tell us about your geeky side:
LOL! Actually, I have only recently started exploring those themes. That is a big part of my background though. I was playing D and D in 1977 and ran the first D and D con in Ft Worth Texas in 1979. I was also a HUGE Tom Baker 4th Doctor fan and somewhat a fan of John Pertwee’s 3rd Doctor. I read Tolkien to excess as a kid in the early 1970s and wrote my senior thesis on “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
My day job is as an Information Security Consultant and my other night job is as a licensed Pyrotechnic Engineer for Night Musick Professional Pyrotechnics. I have also played in a variety of bands in Colorado.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
Make enough to quit my day job and just paint and draw and climb mountains.
Do you have any art shows or conventions lined up in the next few months? What are they?
I have a big show coming up on the 26th of this month (October) at the Masonic Hall (no I am not a Mason) in Lakewood
Lakewood Masonic Lodge
1440 Independence Street – Lakewood – Colorado – 80215
1pm – 8pm
I also have my big show in Las Vegas at the DefCon Conference every year.
Where can we find you online?