William Potter, associate dean of faculty affairs and associate professor of foundation studies, serves as an academic cornerstone for Herron and currently teaches in the painting and drawing and illustration programs.
In our next "Five Questions" Q&A series, where we ask various Herron faculty members for sage advice and insights about their chosen creative disciplines, Potter shares his insights on creative inspiration, the importance of an arts education, and more.
HERRON: You've had lots of experience working with art on a large, sometimes national scale. What inspires you creatively?
POTTER: Like many artists, I was an introverted kid and also a dyslexic one. Art was another world that I could go into. I would draw constantly and would fall asleep drawing, staining my bed with magic markers. The inspiration then was fantasy creatures – dragons and unicorns. In high school, I was inspired more by punk rock culture and the grittiness of it. At this point in time, I thought that photography was my medium.
When I first started art school, I was inspired by surrealism; the stranger the better. As I viewed more artwork, I was inspired by the works of painters like Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jasper Johns, and more.