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Tell us about yourself & how you became an artist
Iv'e been an artist for as long as I can remember. I used to set up pretend gallery shows around my house with my babysitter as a kid. I've always loved painting and drawing, and art class was the only part of school that I really enjoyed.
What is your art addressing? What kind of message do you want to convey through your art?
My art addresses memories and intimacy. Recently, I have been thinking about my work as a mental self portrait. I am painting the people who inform my life, who are closest to me and provide me with deep connection. Through painting them, I capture our closeness and times we spend together. I hope that my work provides a sense of togetherness and empathy among people.
“I hope that my work provides a sense of togetherness and empathy among people.”
What kind of emotions do you want to stir in your audience?
I want to evoke a sense of compassion, intimacy, nostalgia, and tenderness.
What is your creative process?
My proccess is very free flowing. I start by covering the entire canvas. Any raw canvas showing makes me feel intimidated. I then make a general outline or mapping of my plan, but this is very loose. I use a lot of layers in painting so the beginning is usually entirely covered up by the time the painting is complete. Breaks are also an important time for me to reflect and decide on edits that I'd like to make.
3 words to describe yourself as an artist
Messy, nostalgic, determined
3 words to describe your art
Painterly, intimate, colorful
Your go-to music for when you're working?
According to my Spoitfy - alternative R&B, indie soul or art pop!
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Do you have a routine or ritual for when you're working?
Make coffee and put on a podcast or music, then start.
Where / When / How do you get inspired?
Books, instagram, musuems, gallery shows, movies, tv
What makes you happy?
Liking a painting I've made!
What impact does living in New York have on you?
I love living in New York. I have a great community here. For the most part, I feel positively impacted by living here. There is so much available to me. The challenges are of course financial, and not enough space!
How has your art changed throughout your career?
My ongoing goal is to become more loose in my painting. The more I do this the more free and less rigid my paintings feel.
What do you want people to know about you or your art that we haven't asked?
My art is still changing! I still consider myself to be figuring out my technique.