What’s your background? I have a Bachelor's degree in human ecology from a small liberal arts college on the East Coast and attended both Claremont Graduate in California and Reed College’s Graduate program in Portland. I have experience working in non-profit art foundations and for profit event production. I have worked for the past four years instructing paintings for a Paint Party company which has been a real treat. I was lucky to be raised in an arts- and business-focused environment which both taught me the struggles being a working artist and the necessities to develop other skills.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word? Driven. I love to do what I love and as a result I can be a little obsessive about working. I paint at least 12-16 hrs a day when not making art I am often working on the business of making art.
What motivates/inspires your work? I am inspired mostly by people. I love the reality of people, from wrinkles to veins I am enamored with the beauty that is found in the ordinary faces of the people that surround me.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created? I don’t have a favorite piece. I love a work while I am creating it but the moment it is done I am done with it. I often destroy old work with new paintings and if they are not scanned for prints I will forget about them. I guess my favorite piece is the next one.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a new artistic skill, what would it be? I have been trying to improve my ink drawing skills, but I would love to have any skill that involves two-dimensional art.
What do you like to do when you're not creating? I almost never listen to music while I am creating. Instead I will put on an audiobook, a podcast, or a old episode of a familiar show. To me it helps to feel like someone is talking to me.