Acrylic paints and markers (At the moment)
What techniques do you employ to create?
It varies from piece to piece. Usually I have a small idea or feeling I want to convey and then start sketching and the piece starts to form itself. I will use reference photos for elements of pieces but mainly it comes out of imagination.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I’m not sure if anything inspired me. That would suggest I had a choice. I’ve been drawing since before I can remember.
What inspires you to create?
I find inspiration everywhere from a movie, to a news article, to a conversation with a friend.
Do you create to appeal to an audience or to please yourself?
I only create for myself. I tried a few times to do pieces purely for someone else aesthetically (some early commission work) and it ended up being terrible. I will only do a piece how I want to do it. If people like it then I’m flattered, but I am happy just the same looking at it myself and seeing that I was able to create what was just a thought in my head. I’m usually surprised by which pieces people prefer to other pieces, so obviously I am not on the same page as what other people like about my pieces.
What do you consider beautiful in this world?
I find humanity beautiful; I feel it has become rare these days to find genuine kindness, selflessness, love, and compassion between humans. I am often shocked by my reaction to complete kindness amongst humans. I am genuinely overwhelmed and happy when I see or experience it. Moments later I am saddened by the realization that kindness shouldn’t surprise me at all; It should be common place.
If there were one thing that you’d like people to take away from your art, what would it be?
Art is uncontrollable; Especially peoples reaction to it. Whatever people take away from my pieces is their own experience. Who am I to say if it were the right or wrong reaction? I suppose in a perfect world, I would like people to have an emotional connection to a piece instead of just thinking its pretty.