We can see that you use one main element throughout all your graphic work, is there any specific story of how you came up with or did it just happened?
My work is an abstracted accumulation of moments that are from the past combined with deconstructed letterforms and marks. I acquired this process of creation during my days of doing graffiti. I use this as a foundation and build off from that by way of layering and balance through composition.
Family is a constant theme in most of my work. To give you a little insight I used to build skate ramps with my brother as a kid and that became the foundation of my pure self-expression in a creative format. I'm still working toward doing that again with my brother but in a way that utilizes both of our skills. He now works in the architect field.
Is this your full time job?
Yes. Before taking the step to doing this full time, I was working in arts education while in school.
Do you always use the color black?
I try to use black as much as I can. I really enjoy the feeling of working in black. As much as I have grown and moved toward other mediums, I find a sense of calm and control when working with the color black. I feel that there is much more involvement with the audience when I do and I enjoy that. Did you know that black actually isn't a color?
How do you see the future of your business?
I guess pretty optimistic. This all started with no intention or direction, but since graduating school I have set goals and made decisions for myself and worked hard. I must admit, it's a stressful career. I never know what next year (or week) will bring but it's the path I chose and nobody is on it but me.
What is your favorite piece and why?
As of now a favorite piece of mine is a chair that my mother and I restored. I found the old school chair while I was in Berlin and decided to paint my designs onto it. I then had it shipped back to my home. The metal legs on the chair needed to be refinished and the wooden area I painted needed a clear coat to protect it so I decided to ask my mother to help me out with that. When I was a kid she had a piece of art that was damaged but she had it hung up. She told me it was from a art class in high school and she always wanted to go back and take more classes but she was unable to at the time. It's not a piece I will ever show but it has a lot of sentimental value to it.
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