Introducing: Patrick Hofmeister (aka WäDL)...

Patrick is a self-taught multimedia artist, born and raised in San Jose, California. Homeless and undirected at the age of 20, Patrick found his life-path changing direction when he discovered painting while living at the Bill Wilson Center – Transitional Housing Program. His house-monitor and mentor Marcus Are encouraged Patrick to focus his creative energies and pursue his passion for painting. Patrick’s enthusiasm for art is evident in all aspects of his life now and he credits Marcus, George Rivera and his mother, with his success in becoming a professional artist. Where there once was an aimless and misguided teenager, there is now a flourishing mural artist and sculptor, using his acrylics and spray paint to visually captivate his audience. And Patrick’s artwork is mesmerizing, grabbing the viewer’s interest as layer-upon-eye-catching-layer of vibrant detail is uncovered.  “I want the viewer to be as engaged in the viewing of my work as the work engages me in the moment I create it.” We spoke with Patrick at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, where his artwork is now showcased with three other artists in the Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit. His collection of canvasses speaks of metamorphosis through organic imagery of moths, flies, darkness and light. When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? Patrick: I think it was when I was in 5th Grade. I was inspired by comic book art and a next-door neighbor who was an artist. Can you tell us what your chosen media is and why you like it best? Patrick: I mostly use acrylics. It’s what I have the most experience with. I like that I can work quickly with it and don’t have to wait hours for it to dry. What was...