David Kidd Interview:
Responding to questions by Lynette Haggard
1. Please share a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what (if any) were there any early influences on your work? Where do you live now?
: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up, my father worked for Texaco and he was transferred often. We moved around, mainly in the southeast, from the time that I was seven. We moved back to the Atlanta area when I was nineteen. It was quite the gypsy lifestyle. Sometimes boxes were never even unpacked. We just left them in a state of readiness for the next move. That was quite a few years ago. I am now married to a wonderful woman that understands and encourages my artistic endeavors. We live just outside of Atlanta. My wife and I still have family here, and consider this area home.
2. Did you receive any formal art training? If yes, where and what did you major in?
: I attended Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a great experience. I was exposed to new ideas and work that I would not totally appreciate until years later. However, before completing the program, my dad was transferred yet again. Over the years, I continued to take college courses, but never earned a degree. Most of what I have learned has been by self exploration, along with trial and error. For me, I think that this path has been a good thing.
3. At what point in your life did you become interested in making art and was there a certain point when you decided you were primarily an artist?