John Seed is a California-based arts writer, painter, curator, and retired professor that grew up in Westside, Los Angeles. His specialities include Contemporary Representational art, Bay Area Figurative art, and 19th and 20th century Southeast Asian and Hawaiian art. He began making art while attending Stanford University, where he earned a BA in Studio Art and an MA in Fine and Studio Art at UC Berkeley. He began writing about art for his local newspaper, which led to a position writing for The Huffington Post. Since then Seed has written for Harvard Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Christie’s Hong Kong to name a few. He has published several books and he is a frequent speaker and panelist. In our conversation, we discuss his formative experiences, how he started to write, his time teaching and his advice for artists.