Infatuated with the coloring page he created for us, we wanted to learn about the man behind the design so we asked him some questions:
Q: How did you become an artist?
A: Like most kids (I think anyway) I started my art career off with terrible crayon drawings of dinosaurs and robots and dragons and the like. Unlike most kids, I kept drawing the rest of my life. I don’t know what age it is that kids stop wanting to draw but whatever happened to them didn’t happen to me. As I grew older, I would have to say that reading comic books with jaw dropping artwork is what inspired me to keep becoming better. In high school, my closest relationship with a teacher was with my art teacher who is an inspiration to me. Her classroom was my sanctuary in that school and if not for her and that classroom I may be a different person than I am now.
Q: How and where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration from spiritual revelations, life lessons, and ego death. I am more inspired when I am more in touch with my surroundings. One notable change in my work is I have developed a huge respect for and interest in sacred geometry, radiating patterns, circles, and the golden ratio.
Q: What is your process for beginning a piece?
A: Honestly, I don’t know how my pieces begin. Sometimes, the whole idea comes out of nowhere, and sometimes I will have an idea of what I want to convey but almost always once I’ve started I will have another idea that I try to combine into it.
Q: On average, how long does it take you to complete a piece?
A: I either stay up all night and finish a piece or I work on it periodically over the course of months and even years in some cases. When I used to prefer ink and watercolor, I could finish a piece in a matter of hours. The past couple years I decided to try my hand at oil painting and due to the nature of the medium those paintings take me much longer. More recently, I have largely increased the canvas size of paintings I am working on. Basically my answer is I have no idea.
Q: Have you ever created a piece and decided you just couldn’t give it up? What is the story behind that piece?
A: Absolutely. What drives me internally to create art is to release my inner conflicts and realizations. Sometimes I can look at a piece and it doesn’t matter what the subject matter is but certain pieces evoke emotions in me that remind me of my life at the time. There’s a few of those for every artist I believe.
Q: Do you have a favorite artist?
A: Two, Salvador Dali and Alex Grey.
Q: What are your goals or hopes for the future in what you create?
A: I don’t want to limit myself to any one medium. That’s all. I am excited to see how my art develops and evolves as I do. I’ve really gotten into photography and the Adobe suite lately, something that has already been producing pleasing results for me when I mix my photos and traditional artwork. I know that’s not the answer you are looking for though. My goals and hopes for the future for what I create is this- When people see my art, whether or not they are having a great day or a terrible one, that they pause and remember that the world is a beautiful place.
Q: When someone walks into your studio, what will they find?
A: A mess.