“Everyone should know that whenever you speak it can and will be taken in thousands of ways.”
What is Art to you?
Art is subjective, but Art from my experience is an expression. It is an emotion that comes out of you whenever you approach a new piece (whatever “canvas” that may be), it is the embodiment of your thoughts and may take on whatever name you label it with. With that being said, everything around us is a work of art. Everything that has been designed to make life more convenient, the buildings and structures you see when you traverse your town or city, even the things that have faded into the background of your everyday life. Art is more than what you may find in a gallery, or the internet, it is a vehicle for a creatives thoughts and emotions. It’s a way to make a small difference in the world, and all Artist subconsciously think that whenever they create (as pretentious as it sounds, if no one tries no one will succeed).
How long have you been creating for?
My whole life, but honestly, I’ve only just recently started to take myself and talents seriously, so I’d say I’ve been seriously creating for about 5 years now.
Thru Art is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself that you wouldn’t have otherwise?
The most valuable thing Art has taught me is the value that everything in life holds. It is literally inscribed in people that nothing is truly special or worth their time, this is evident because most people live their lives with the same things in their mind everyday. They get trapped in their habits and neglect everything that doesn’t fit into their regular lives, thus averting their attention away from the little things or even things that may be harmful to them. Art has taught me to open my eyes wider and take time to appreciate the things that I wouldn’t normally care for, subsequently making life more enjoyable and making those very aspects of life one of my driving forces to create.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
Definitely ink. I’ve used it in almost everything I’ve done and often incorporate the feel of the medium into my design work(which is always digital) as well. It’s definitely number 1 in my top 10.
Who and/or what inspires you?
I personally find inspiration in everything, but in terms of specific people, I am inspired by my family, close friends, and my girl. They push me to continue on my path and the little things about them always bring new thoughts into my head which I can use in my work. Also I am inspired by a select few Artist such as Rothko, Pollock, De Kooning, Robert Lautrec, and George Grosz
Walk us thru your creative process, like how do you start and where do you end?
I go about things in a different manner every time however these are a few steps that I find myself following almost every time. If the project is supposed to directly correlate with something or hold a greater purpose, I usually brainstorm about how to approach it for some time before hand by writing every thought I have about it somewhere, drawing in a sketchbook and making thumbnails until I get a strong feeling about a particular approach or concept. From there I jump straight into creating the piece, quite literally grabbing whatever materials I have and slowly putting things together or taking things out. I usually work long hours into a day on whatever I’m doing until I suddenly wish to stop. At that point I analyze the work and critique it myself to find if I want to continue or if I want to call it a finished piece. If I’m doing more personal pieces, I tend to let my emotions attack the canvas and lead me instead of me leading them, this method decides when a piece is done by itself (I won’t want to work on it anymore).
Where do you see your work in 5 years?
Ideally I would like for my work to be shown in galleries all over, I don’t know it’s kind of hard to say. What I can say is that I am working towards making my work into a notable style that you can differentiate from my contemporaries, I’m working to bridge the gap between fine art and design for my style specifically. I’d like for everyone to be able to tell that the same artist who painted this canvas, also designed this lamp or whatever you know? I really just want my work to progress with me and the knowledge I gain.