1. How did you get started creating art? Did you start at a young age or was it something that you began to do when you were older? Has it changed over time?
I have always been creating art, the people who took care of me as a very young child tell me they always knew I would be an artist because of the way I would show them characteristics in images and objects that they wouldn't have seen otherwise, that and all I wanted to do was color and create. My art has definitely changed over the years, but the core values and ideas still hold true today.....I have always tried to push boundaries with whatever materials I acquire. I have also always been inspired by fashion and graphic design.
2. What are some things you like to do to get inspired? Has a certain artist/designer influenced your design process?
I get so many ideas for projects when I look at fashion and design magazines, they are great for two dimensional and three dimensional inspirations alike.
3. How has your relationship with your major affected your artwork?
When I was in the DAAP fine arts program the professors and instructors really pushed the students to figure out why they create the art they create. Not only does that give you a better grasp on your psyche and subconscious mind, it gives you a lot of pathways to deeper more meaningful projects.
4. What are favorite memories of creating art?
My favorite memories of creating art at DAAP are the times when I realized that I could create something that I never would have imagined I was capable of doing. For example, laser-cutting formica to adhere to a wooden sculpture, combining hand-drawn to digital aspects back to hand drawn to create a single print, or anything like looks good in ceramics.
5. What would you be doing if you didn’t decide to pursue a creative field?
In another life I would be more left-brained to be a geologists with focus on environmental studies.
6. If you could go to dinner with any artist/designer, who would it be and why?
This answer always changes, but right now it would be Abbott Miller. I love the way his installation design for exhibits intermix fine art details, research on topics at hand, and creativity on the grid of graphic design rules that make him stand out.