you become a artist?
I have been creating art since the time I could
pick up a pencil but I decided to pursue becoming
an "artist" around high school. When
I got into junior college, I had two great and
inspiring teachers who led me to believe that
if I wanted it badly enough, I could have it.
So, I went for it and went to art school. My
first year of "real" college was at
California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland,
California. I loved every minute of it –
the environment, the people, even the smells
of the studio – I knew I was home. From
that point on, I never turned back.
Where are you from originally?
Who were your main influences growing
My father took a lot of interest in my art when
I was a child. He would take time to tell me
what should be shaded or other little techniques
that could improve what I was doing. My mother
also tried to be supportive of my interests.
Did you go to art school/college or
are you self-taught?
I went to Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. It was
the most fantastic experience. I was submerged
in a vast pool of perpetual creative influences
on a daily basis. What more could an artist
Any advice or tips to novice painters?
It is not at all easy to pursue any form of
a creative life. There is constant rejection
and little regard to all of the hard work that
goes into what you do. There are also, very
often, difficult times financially. If you love
creating, if you love being an artist, by all
means, DO NOT GIVE UP! Push forward, do what
you have to do to survive and know that it will
pay off in the end. Don’t disservice yourself
with delusions of grandeur and ideas of instantaneous
recognition and success – sometimes it
happens, but more often than not, it’s
up to YOU to make it happen. You can make it
happen if you stick to it.
What has been the most rewarding and
challenging project you have worked on?
Each piece I do is equally challenging, and
most of the time rewarding.
What is your favorite portfolio piece?
I’m not sure that I have a true favorite
piece as each of them are different and unique
in their own way. Each piece is a small peek
into my life or emotions.
What American art or artist inspires
There are really so many, past and present.
But as far as the past, I have always loved
Rauschenberg. He is really inspiring because
he made so many exciting changes in the world
of art and he also continued forward in an art
market that initially rejected him. There are
some newer artists whose work I really love
Mueck is great, Beth
Cavener Stichter, Walton
Ford and Tom