HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE CHANGED OVER TIME?
After years of figurative painting, I transitioned to abstract compositions inspired by my love of nature. My new medium was clay, beeswax, and charcoal. Small pieces of metal worked their way into this work, gradually growing in proportion over time.
WHAT IS THE MOST RECENT THING YOU HAVE SEEN OR HEARD THAT INSPIRED YOU?
A worthy alternative from going to museums, which are now inaccessible, is Instagram.
I view posts from artists which I follow multiple times during the day. Looking at these works are inspirational as it stimulates my creativity.
DO YOU CURRENTLY PRACTICE ART FULL-TIME OR DO YOU HAVE A "DAY JOB" AS WELL? WHAT'S THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU'VE EVER HAD?
I am fortunate to have always had a studio separate from my home and a flexible day job. Currently I am a full-time artist. My weirdest job was creating cat hair jewelry from the fur of my Ragamuffin cat. It was showcased on Animal Planet.
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN THE STUDIO FOR YOU. WHAT'S THE FIRST STEP YOU TAKE WHEN BEGINNING A NEW ARTWORK? DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC OR PODCASTS WHILE YOU CREATE?
The piece I am working on usually informs the idea for the next. I allow the next creation to form in my mind for days until enough visual shape emerges. If it is sculptural, I make a small maquette with paper. I find listening to music while working a distraction from being present to my working process.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING IN YOUR STUDIO YOU COULD ABSOLUTELY NOT LIVE WITHOUT? ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCESS THAT DURING SHELTER-IN-PLACE? IF NOT, HAVE YOU ADAPTED USING OTHER TOOLS OR MATERIALS?
My hand metal shears are my most valuable tool. I can’t go to my studio, instead I am sewing face masks at home.
HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT OTHERS MAKE ART PURCHASING DECISIONS?
Listen to your gut feeling and not your mind. Art is subjective and responds to your emotions.
ARE YOUR FORMALLY TRAINED?
I was formally trained, it helped to some extent. It wasn't until I taught art that I grew as an artist.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS DEBATING PUTTING THEIR ART OUT INTO THE WORLD OR JUST STARTING OUT?
It has to be a labor of love. You can’t expect to make much money either.
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS...
In these uncertain times, I view what is ahead as a blank canvas. It is up to all of us to fill it with what we want the future to look like.