What has inspired you recently- what are you listening to, reading, watching?
I’m interested in patterns and I find inspiration everywhere: in wallpaper and textiles, in tv static, in geometries in nature like fractal patterns in plants and camouflage prints on animals. I’m also very inspired by patterns in music, especially classical music.
Which artists are you looking at? Who are your all time favorite artists?
Lately I’ve been rediscovering Renaissance masters like Piero della Francesco. His work is incredibly mathematical. I also love European Baroque painters like Zurbaran and Caravaggio. Two of my all time favorites are Bridget Riley and Agnes Martin.
How has being in LA influenced your work?
I’ve lived all over LA and in other parts of the country but it wasn’t until I moved to downtown LA that I started to make the work i make now. I don’t know if it’s the architecture or the graffiti or the rundown old hotels haunted by the ghosts of silent film stars but downtown is definitely a part of what I do.
Do you believe everyone has a color palette? What is yours? Where does it come from?
I do believe everyone has a color palette. I like vivid, psychedelic colors. I think it comes from watching the movie Yellow Submarine hundreds of times when I was little.
Tell us about your studio practice.
I live in my studio so I start working as soon as I get up at six or seven. I usually have several projects going at once and I rotate through them. I work all day until about eight and as soon as I finish one piece I start a new one. For me it is much more about the making of work than it is about having a finished product.
Do you listen to music when you work?
Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I have the tv on. When I work I go to a place of no mind and I don’t even hear what’s going on in the background.
Do you work sitting down or standing up?
I usually have drawings going that I work on at my desk and then a painting or a collage on the wall and I alternate between sitting and standing.
What risks have you taken in your work recently?
For a long time my work was all about lines that don’t touch. I would just draw lines that get very close to each other but never touch. Lately I’ve been making things with intersecting lines and though it may not appear risky to anyone else, it caused me a lot of anxiety the first time I let two lines cross one another.
Who is your biggest fan?
My sister is my biggest fan. She loves everything I do and I’m very lucky to have her.
Do your parents “get” your art?
My mom definitely gets my art. She’s always been very supportive right from the beginning. My dad is supportive too but I think he’d rather I have a normal, steady job.
If you weren’t an artist, what other profession would you enjoy?
If I weren’t an artist I would want to be a musician. I play classical guitar but I’m just not good enough to be a professional. Art can get so messy but music is very clean and only exists in the mind and I’d like to live in that world all the time.
What are you working on now that you are super excited about?
I’ve been making the album artwork for a singer/songwriter friend of mine, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Album covers have always had a huge influence on me since I used to stare at my mom’s copies of Revolver and Bitches Brew when I was a little kid.
What do you want people to get out of your work?
I want people to experience another level of reality when they look at my work, the same way looking at an optical illusion takes you outside of and makes you question the realm of normal sensory perception.
Do you enjoy art openings?
I’m not very good at art openings. I’m used to the very solitary life of just making work by myself all the time and the social side of art is something I’m working on.
How do you navigate the art world as an emerging artists?
I’m definitely just learning about navigating the art world. As a rule I just try to be nice to everyone because you never know who’s going to be able to help you.
Do you have a critique group? How do you accept feedback?
I don’t have a critique group but it’s something I would really like to have. I’ve had studio visits with other artists I know in downtown LA and it’s always been incredibly helpful to break the vacuum in which I usually work but I don’t get enough of it.
What are some of your favorite things?
I love skulls, rainbows, sea creatures, ancient Egypt, trombones, eyeballs, and mazes to name a few.
Do you see your work as autobiographical?
I do see my work as autobiographical but it’s more about the world of my mind than about external events in my life. I see psychedelic patterns when I look at the sky and when I close my eyes to go to sleep and that’s what I’m recording.