Ian Warner has been working for Spicy since March of 2012 and currently is a supervisor for the downtown Fargo location. For many years, he has enjoyed expressing his artistic abilities to promote Spicy Pie!
Q: How and when did you start creating art for Spicy Pie?
A: I have painted windows, created sidewalk signs, and painted some of the walls during my time at Spicy Pie. If there is a pizza-themed knight on a wall in one of our locations, chances are that I drew it! I started working on various art projects for the company in 2013 or 2014.
Q: What has been your favorite piece of artwork you’ve made?
A: My favorite piece that I’ve done is probably the acrylic painting of a knight eating a slice of pizza through his visor. It’s been on the back of one of our sidewalk signs at Downtown for a few years now.
Q: How has art impacted your life?
A: I have a BFA in Illustration and Printmaking from NDSU and I graduated from the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN. Art has always been around me. My parents often took me to art exhibitions and museums when I was younger. It’s a part of my identity.
Q: How has art impacted your job at Spicy Pie?
A: Art is an amazing way to destress. If I’m having a rough day in the kitchen, spending some time being creative and drawing up the next sidewalk sign is what I need to get through the day. Having some Sharpie scribbles that I’ve done adorn the walls gives me a sense of ownership of the space – it can be very empowering!
View Ian’s online art portfolio at https://thvald.artstation.com/