Are you self taught or school taught?
I work in a bunch of different mediums, some of which I picked up in college; mostly printmaking, but some, like sculpture and painting, I learned how to do on my own. (Or because I told someone I knew how to do it and then learned how to do it after I was hired.) I went to Parsons in NYC for Design Management with a fashion concentration, mainly because I wrote an essay on the history of the vibrator which got me a full scholarship.
Is painting a career or a hobby for you?
This is definitely a career, art has kept a roof over my head for the last several years and I don’t plan on stopping in my lifetime. I do however look forward to a new chapter in my career where I turn up the heat and focus on showing more frequently and producing more.
What’s your inspiration? How do you find it?
My inspiration comes from my experience, I try to work out complex unique ideas I have had in various states of mind, and I borrow iconography from popular common sources like cartoons, old sci-fi, film which influnce my art heavily. Inspiration is kind of like love, sometimes if you’re looking too hard it will elude you. If I get into a creative block I usually switch gears and work on something else….it really helps with burnout.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be? What would you create?
I have fortunately had the privilege of working for and collaborating with a lot of great artists over the years, and am always open for new projects. I would really like to work on marrying installation art with event promoters to make surreal immersive experiences.
Do you have an overall theme to your work or is each piece a separate being? What do you hope to convey with your work?
What’s your typical work environment?
Do you have a show in the works? How was your live painting experience at Woogie Weekend?
What is the most difficult part of being a painter?