I was instantly drawn to your work. Your female subjects intrigue me and I feel like each has their own amazing story to tell. Why do you choose women as your predominant subject matter and what inspires you to create?
I just gravitate towards painting female characters when I’m trying to convey the way that I feel, and my paintings are somewhat of a visual interpretation of what it is that I’m feeling at a certain moment. It’s inspired by the environment, things that I see and experience in my everyday life. Such as music and fashion, what I see on television, movies, and the various forms of media, the people that surround me, my dreams, my reality, and the memories I have of my past. That sort of stuff.
You had an intersting childhood. Can you tell me how that has made you grow as an artist?
It was sort of interesting growing up as a pastor’s kid. I remember for a brief time, I lived in a small attachment to a hillside church. It was boring most of the time, but during the weekdays, the hillside chapel became a dim and empty space, where I would run around with imaginary friends. It allowed me to explore my imagination as a kid. And now, that chapel has become a permanent fixture in my creative mind, where I construct, develop, and store works in progress before they ever meet a sketch-pad.
You formally studied art as a career but went in a completely different direction with your career. How did you find your way back to art?
To be honest, I’m really not sure how I found my way back to art. After high school, I attended the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California. It’s where I developed my technical skills to create art. But, after I graduated and started making art for a living, I felt somewhat underdeveloped as an artist. I felt that I needed to absorb other things in life. To make a long story short, I became a respiratory therapist, and worked several years in that field, before I resumed working again as a full-time artist. I guess, that I just felt, that the time was right for me to go back to art.
What is your typical creative process? What mediums do you prefer to use? Are there any mediums you would like to try in the future?
The creative process is pretty basic when it comes to technique. I usually start laying in the darks and work my way up to the highlights. Then I paint the whole piece over again in reverse, from highlights to the darks. Then back and forth. Over and over, until I achieve the look that I like. There’s a lot of things that happen in between that make it more of an intuitive process. The medium that I prefer to use is oils because it allows me to achieve the type of quality in my pieces that I like. I guess what I’m trying to say is, that I just like oils for some reason. It’s the medium that I’m most familiar and comfortable with. I have used other mediums and enjoy them too, especially mediums that relate to sculptural work.
What artists inspire you to create? Have you ever collaborated with other artists?
Many artists from the past and present inspire me to create. such as the Renaissance masters of the 16th and 17th century, the pop artists of the 60’s, and the modern day artists from all different types of disciplines, including musicians, writers, film-makers, photographers, and architects. Although I admire the works of many, I have never collaborated with anyone. So far, making art has been a lone journey.
What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming projects you are excited about?
I just did the Beautiful Bizarre take over for May where I got to highlight my favorite works of art. It was very exciting!