DESIGNER, ANIMATOR, PAINTER.
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.