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?

For most of my life art was kind of just one of those things that I was good at. I loved it, but it had never been something I worked for.

Only when my junior year of high school hit and that whole college thing became a giant looming reality did my view on art change. I was sitting in art class basically covered head to toe in charcoal and realized that I had been stupid for not coming to the conclusion earlier. Design. From there it got serious quick. I came from science nerd, varsity jock to finally realizing that I was squandering my own art freak potential. My senior year I took five art classes. My life became scholastic submissions. I applied to every art school at the top of everybody’s list. I was determined. I knew it was the right choice.

Now I find myself surrounded by those same kids determined in the exact same way I was and still am. Driven by god knows what to create. I’ve never been happier to look around and see the faces of people I know to be equal in talent, in hard work, in late nights spent, and coffees pounded. Everyday I hear another story of some other DAAP kid doing something incredible and it only drives me further.

2. What are your inspirations / influences that help you develop your style across different projects?

Perhaps out of all others, fashion has been a big influence of mine, especially within these past few years. Its allowance for self expression, for me, is unlike any other. No matter the time, no matter your age, or any other factor you can find something that embodies who you are and who you seek to be. I try to approach my projects in much the same way, finding my own viewpoint within the walls of someone else’s room.

But seriously, what the hell isn't influential or inspirational? For me it is all of life, art, performance, places visited, film, music, even the strangers I see on the street. It’s like a switch I cant turn off. Every inch of life is something I try to draw inspiration from. As far as style I try to stay as true to myself as possible, not asking the questions of how am I going to do this but why do I desire to in the first place? I have always been exponentially more driven when I find deep purpose in something. If its there, your voice will shine through. Style will always change, voice is something bound to the soul of each and every one of us. I think that’s the more important question, often disregarded.

3. How has your relationship with interior design affected your other artwork?

I would say that interior design has not only influenced my other creative endeavors, but also my entire life with it. Perhaps one of the more pronounced of symptoms is my hungry tactility. I am always feeling the walls or other peoples fuzzy sweaters. But more on the notion of creating, interior design has given me a whole new perspective on the spacial quality of all things, places, any object created. For me its impossible to remove an object or even doodle without thinking of the space around it. They are fused.

4. What are your favorite memories of creating art or being in DAAP?

Oh man, there’s too many to pick one. I think a lot of my best memories are framed in long nights. These five years have been an interesting ride, a lot of stress tears and love, but good god, when I look back they’ve all been good.

5. Is making art an everyday task for you?

If I am not creating at surface level, I guarantee I am in my head. Sometimes it just doesn’t boil over.

6. If you had some words of encouragement for someone who is struggling to balance making art or wanted to explore a new method of making art, what would you say?

Do it. Make the time. It has taken me until senior year to finally get my weaving closer to even a part time position in my life, and its a shame I didn't do it earlier. I think it is really easy to get caught up in school and deadlines and forget that you are at school solely to benefit you and not your professor. It’s important to get your work done and do it well, but it should also be equally important to foster your own curiosity. If you don’t, you've just jumped on the fast track to burn out.

Exploration and curiosity feed creativity.