Well, since grad school, I’ve gone anywhere from 5 part time jobs to 0, a full time job at a gallery to working seasonal at a chocolate store. Right now I’m working at Root Division as their admin assistant and teaching a drawing class there, I also work contractually for a couple of artists and galleries when they have upcoming exhibitions. My schedule is always pieced together, and that kind of works for me, it allows a little flexibility for my studio practice. You know, just livin’ the dream.
If you weren’t an artist, what other profession would you enjoy?
I’m pretty ambitious, I always aimed to be retired when I was little, my grandparents made it look so glamorous – always traveling and going on cruises. So either that, or I figure I’d be an elementary/secondary teacher like a lot of my besties in Hawaii.
What are you working on now that you are super excited about?
My new big, four panel painting. It’s a brick house from different viewpoints. I’m painting about a million or so bricks in watercolor and gouache. I’m aiming to render all of the texture and shadows in, so it feels like it’s popping off the panel. I don’t know if it’s super exciting on the daily, but I’m really excited to finish it. I think it’ll probably be my new favorite painting. It’s really exciting to have that feeling again. It doesn’t come very often; the last favorite painting I made was almost three years ago.
Do you enjoy art openings?
With enough alcohol, yes. I do like to support my artist friends. It’s always nice to go to an opening where you feel like you know everyone. It’s awkward when you only recognize a few people, but don’t really know how to hold a conversation with them. And it’s the best, when you know no one, and you can just look at everything – the art, and the people. Art openings are difficult in general though, if you’re going really just to look at the art. If I was going to do just that, I usually don’t go on opening night, unless it’s a performance kind of thing.
How do you navigate the art world as an emerging artists? Do you have any tips for our readers?
I don’t think I’m very good at navigating the art world. My only tip is to hang out with art friends or join an organization/gallery that you’re excited to support. Hopefully they’ll support you back. I think it’s important to be part of a community; it really is a who you know kind of world.
Do you have a critique group? How do you accept feedback?
Yup, I’m in two crit groups, both just started a couple of months ago. And I’ve had a few studio visits with professors, curators, and artists post school. It’s always really helpful. I’ve had some crushing feedback before, but I bounce back.
Do you see your work as autobiographical?
No. Well maybe. I’ll say sometimes. I think I can analyze myself through my work and the way I work, but I don’t know how obvious that is to my viewers.
What do you want people to get out of your work?
once told me that my work made their eyeballs hurt. I was so happy! If
someone says that again, I could retire satisfied.