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De­scribe what be­ing an artist means to you. Be­ing an artist is very sim­i­lar to be­ing a gypsy – I live a tran­sient life­style re­ly­ing on com­plete strangers buy­ing my hand­crafted wares. John F. Kennedy, once said, “ The life of the artist is, in re­la­tion to his work, stern and lonely. He has la­bored hard, of­ten amid de­pri­va­tion, to per­fect his skill. He has turned aside from quick suc­cess in or­der to strip his vi­sion of ev­ery­thing se­condary or cheap­en­ing. His work­ing life is marked by in­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion and in­tense dis­ci­pline.” Bang on JFK. Bang on. De­scribe the evo­lu­tion of your work. My work evolved from crayon scrib­bles in Kindergarten to scrib­bles I now do in paint. I al­ways drew pic­tures, car­toons and comics as a kid. I re­ally wanted to de­sign space­ships for the Star Wars movies, so I think that guided me for a while. Not to men­tion por­ing over MAD mag­a­zines, comics and watch­ing car­toons. I fi­nally was lucky enough to get a full-time job in tele­vi­sion an­i­ma­tion. I then started paint­ing the things I en­vi­sioned which were, and still are, very car­toon ori­ented. I am see­ing my work evolve into more of a de­tailed, cin­e­matic look in­flu­enced by the greats like Hop­per, Colville, and Pratt. Have you ever been un­able to cre­ate? All the time! I get stressed about the fact I have a show coming up, and don’t re­ally know what I’m do­ing and why I am even paint­ing, which leads to a mas­sive cre­ative blank and panic at­tack. I find the best cure is to go some­where com­pletely new to get some fresh ideas and come back in­spired. Your suc­cess is ev­i­dent; where do you want to take it from here? I have some new ideas re­volv­ing around light­houses. There is some­thing very cin­e­matic about them that I feel com­pelled to paint. I have al­ways wanted to do a news­pa­per comic strip… What has been your proud­est mo­ment to date? Walk­ing the streets late one night and see­ing one of my paint­ings on a com­plete stranger’s liv­ing room wall.

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