Q: How long does it take to complete a piece?
A: I don’t know if I can answer that to full satisfaction however I can
describe how long it took to do certain pieces in order to give you a
better idea. I would also like to say that it depends on size,
intricacies of the drawing and my current work load.
Q: Where do I come up with my ideas?
A: It started by looking at old family photo albums and then I went searching for more period photos that expanded the scope. A big source that I like to look at is the library of congress. I like looking at those old photographs that came out of the “New Deal”. They employed photographers to go around and document life before and after the Great Depression. That’s where the time period comes from. But other than that, I get my ideas from thinking about life. Because if art is sharing perspective through creation, it also serves as a time capsule. Its an indicator of what that period of time was like. The rise and super charged expansion of the internet and digital ecosystem informs my work. Having access to a plethora of information , all a click away, is an aspect specific to this age. Scientific break throughs are also another thing I like to read about. I like to read about science & technological advancement, sociology and geopolitical events. I don’t think I aim to be a social commenter but some of that squeaks through because its just the nature of creating. You don’t create in a vacuum. Everything that you absorb and observe ends up coming out in the creation itself.
Q: What is it made out of?
A: So the simple answer is wood and nails plus paint, charcoal, pastel and oil stick with varnish.
Q: How would you describe your subject matter?
A: If Norman Rockwell , Francis Bacon, Albert Bierstadt, JMW Turner, and Jean Michel Basquiat were all dosed with a high amount of Psilocybin and then asked to collaborate on a piece. No I’m just kidding. I try and stay somewhat focused on establishing a narrative that way it maintains my attention long enough to finish it. Once I complete a piece, it sort of guides me to the next. I guess the best way to give my thought process some context is I like to think of how narrative is used throughout time. The conveyance of information was first done through the use of sound (spoken language), then image, then word, and now an amalgam of all these with lighting speed. The technology has advanced but the messages haven’t. There are archetypes and universal human truths that have been and continue to be conveyed regardless of the differences in culture. So I start there and attempt to hyper focus it into a singular image. Sometimes I feel like its successful, other times, not so much. What can I say? They can’t all be zingers.
Q: Do you have a studio?
A: Yes. It’s a modified stand alone garage that I converted into a 500 sqft working studio.
Q: How do I describe my style?
A: It’s a combination of abstract and realism and they are in constant collision with each other. At its most basic description it’s a realistic drawing on top of an abstract painting.
Q:How do I care for my print?
A: Due to the absorptive nature of the coating, you should avoid touching the coated
surface. It's always recommended that cotton gloves be used when
handling inkjet coated materials. When possible use a professional framer.
Optimal print environment:72° F (21° C), 50% R.H For end use: 0-300° F