What inspires your work?
I'm obsessed with old abandoned buildings, boats, lighthouses--places overcome by time. I love the wabi sabi texture of peeling paint and fading color--the whole history of an object conveyed through its layers. I try to recreate this timeworn feel in my work.
What do you do to get the creative juices flowing?
I get outside and take in the world-- the textures of trees, the sounds of the people playing ball in the park. It helps me to get out of my own head. I think of this as the consumption stage--when you're eating up all this raw material. My work tends to juxtapose chaotic marks with definite shapes. So I gravitate towards these things outside--a street sign overtaken by leaves, a soccer ball encased in mud. Chaos and order are always competing.
What advice do you wish you were given when starting out?
Don't be afraid to make art that does not seem to fit into one style. Explore, play and don't stress. You can curate your website and collections later. But just create what you feel like creating. And this is how you will find your voice. Also, definitely invest in a terrific camera, or hire a professional to shoot your images if you can. It is beyond worth it to present your work in its best possible light.
Do you do studies or sketch in a sketch book to envision your paintings? Or do you just have an idea and roll with it?
It depends. But mostly I just roll with it. I do some sketching in Procreate once I've finished the first layers. I'll photograph the work in progress, and pop it into Procreate to play with alterations on my tablet. This helps to overcome any creative blocks I've encountered along the way. And since you can erase the changes, it's totally stress free.