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Tell us about yourself & how you became an artist
As a kid, drawing was a good way to pass the time on the long car ride between Spokane (where I grew up) and Seattle (where most of my extended family lived). We did that trip probably five times a year. So to put a date on it, I must have started my art practice in approximately 1998 at the age of 6. Painting began for me at about age 11. My friend convinced me to sign up for an old ladies art class that operated in the back of the art store in Spokane. We painted majestic scenes of blue herons and other birds.
“I’d like for my paintings to be energized objects that physically affect people that look at them for the better.”
What is your art addressing? What kind of message do you want to convey through your art?
I'd like for my paintings to be energized objects that physically affect people that look at them for the better. I am also interested in exposing the fine line between conceptuality and non-thinking that exists in art. Well-written concepts can easily be interpreted as a complete lack of consideration when they are translated into visual art. People get too caught up in their intentions and explanations of things, and I'd like to make images that can be understood and felt rather than explained. I hope that my work can also function without being attached to one recognizable style of painting, mainly because I like the idea of countering people's expectations of what art is and what artists are. To me, it is more interesting to treat paintings as forces rather than decorative objects, and surprises tend to hold more energy for me.
What kind of emotions do you want to stir in your audience?
Laughter, mainly. I am also interested in the psychedilic effects of color. Producing space beyond the canvas, especially in the mind of the viewer, having them see or imagine the spaces within the paintings outside of them.
What is your creative process?
Generally I have a go at an idea in a series of two canvases: the big one and the little one. I make a handful of practice versions of the same painting, often sketched first. The small canvas then becomes practice for the large canvas, and I am working on the two simultaneously. For example if I want to add a new color to the painting I'll usually test it out on paper first, then the smaller painting to make sure it works before I do it on the big painting. Sometimes if it's a big bold line that I'm trying to lay down I'll practice it on paper off to the side a few times before doing it for real on the painting. I usually start the paintings direct to paint without an under drawing so it helps to have practiced painting the image at multiple scales before going at a larger canvas.
3 words to describe yourself as an artist
painter, musician, digital artist
3 words to describe your art
familiar, adventurous, unhinged
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Your go-to music for when you're working?
Wake 'N Bake morning show or anything on NTS radio
Favorite movie or show?
Do you have a routine or ritual for when you're working?
Dunkin Donuts down the street
Where / When / How do you get inspired?
Ideas happen while doing anything with an elevated heart rate, and also while having conversations.
What makes you happy?
surfing and surfboards
What impact does living in New York have on you?
Living in New York is beautiful. Most people here are kind and open minded. There's always a random gig to pick up if you're broke, and there's an audience for basically everything. In this sense it's very freeing, anything goes.
How has your art changed throughout your career?
A convenient answer to that would be that I've experimented in a lot of different mediums, and this is reflected in the work. I started out painting at a young age and transitioned to sculpture and ceramics in college. Since then I have learned how to produce music and make art digitally. I currently work with 3D animation which has become a huge part of my art practice. To me paintings are just another vessel for expression, and have a different kind of interaction.