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INTERVIEW with Artist Joey Derse ✍

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This two book set reveals secrets of the artist, Joey Derse.
It explains in detail how to paint like the great master, Vincent van Gogh.

Artist Joey Derse

Okay. So let’s begin! What would you say your main inspiration was for this book set?

My Dad wrote about his career and felt that I wanted to also give back in that manner in regard to my career. I am really inspired by the impressionists and post impressionists (Seurat and van Gogh especially).

That’s wonderful, Joey. How about your creative journey? Can you tell me a bit about that?

At first I didn’t think that I would be able to have enough material to write a full book. But as I painted, a flood of writing ideas would come to me. Soon I had over 300-400 pages! So I spent a long time condensing it.

Again, I thought it would be impossible to complete. But by whittling out duplications and unnecessary parts, I was able to come up with something I was proud to publish.

It sounds like the muse was certainly with you along your journey. If you had to pick the most prevalent themes in your book set, what would they be?

The following themes are prevalent in this two book set: Knowing when to go with your intuition and when to look at things more scientifically; the importance of building a visual library; dispersing your color and impasto evenly throughout the canvas; being unattached to an outcome leads to a more natural picture; with focused effort, a painter can learn to paint like a great master

What profound themes! All artists seem to be inspired by other creative minds. In addition to Vincent van Gogh, who are some of your artistic inspirations?

Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, and Camille Pissarro.

What’s your creative process like?

I write as I paint. I come up with my ideas while being inspired by painting. Each time I paint, I write initially in free hand. And then I type it up at a later time.

So, more about the book set… Why should fellow artists buy this book as opposed to all the other “How to Paint” books out there?

My book teaches painting in an alternative, non-traditional fashion. I give secrets that many others will not share (including art instructors).

Excellent! Now it’s time to wrap things up. Any final thoughts?

I want to thank God and my friends and family for all their love, help, support and inspiration.

And I want to thank you for taking the time to do this lovely interview with me. Again, for anyone who is reading this, Joey’s two book set in now available on Kindle. Click here.






Evy Zen (formerly Eva PoeteX) is a mystic poetess, eclectic artist, fiction writer, and wellness advocate who calls the Greater Cleveland area home sweet home. Born a Clevelander with a Greek lineage, the arts started being a major part of her life the moment she picked up her first crayon. To date, dozens of Evy's writings have been featured in publications like Thought Catalog, The Journey Magazine, and Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry. As a spoken word poet, she has also had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous musicians across the globe. Currently, Evy is the Founding Editor of Poehemian Press and runs the decade-young poetry website (formerly The Artistic Muse). Additionally, she is the author of several independently and locally published poetry books, including "Esoterra" and "Sacred Shapes." Furthermore, she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. In 2012, Evy received a Bachelor of Arts degree (honors) in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She also obtained a Diploma (distinction) in Exercise Nutrition from Shaw Academy four years later. When she's not creating, Evy Zen recharges her batteries by reading her weight in books ("The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is her personal favorite), going on epic bike rides, meditating to ambient music, and racing super cars behind the safety of her computer or TV screen. To find out more, visit her official website at

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