Tell me a little bit about you!
Currently based in LA – I moved here from Chicago two and a half years ago.
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
My family is very creative and always encouraged me and bought me art supplies from an early age. My mom was always updating our home by painting the rooms different colors and filling the walls with cool antiques and flea market finds, while my dad was very into watercolors and making jewelry.
What is your process like?
Typically I make a lot of works on paper before starting a painting. Imagery is mostly invented but occasionally I use source material to get started and then it quickly strays from all recognition of the source. I then use those works on paper as a entry point to start a painting – but changing the colors and materiality and so on.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
My first semester of grad school I was working a full-time job to pay for the program and I was really overloaded with classes and reading. I had an advisor visit my studio and see that I didn’t have much work to talk about. So instead she took me to the museum to look and talk about work. Eventually she told me if I cared about this I would make time, that there would always be life stuff getting in the way. No excuses.
Describe your studio.
I work in a small upstairs room in my apartment with nice light and a view of my neighborhood.
What do you find most challenging, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
Doubt and making a living
If you could sit down for dinner or a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you chat about?: Michael Haneke. He’s my favorite living filmmaker. I would probably talk to him about little things like how he structures his time and his favorite childhood memories.
What are three words you would use to describe your work?
Intuitive, intimate, vibrant
What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?
I like to find good spots to sit outside with a nice view or go to a museum or gallery to look at work I admire. In Chicago I could frequently spend time in The Art Institute – I do miss that museum and the gardens. I have yet to find a favorite spot in LA.
What do you need or value most as an artist?
Time and space to work
What keeps you creating?
I’m sure its different everyday and I’ll never know for certain.
What are you working on right now?
I am finalizing work for an upcoming solo show in Chicago at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in December. I’m also in a 3-person show (with Erica Mahiney and Brittany Mojo) here in LA at Dalton Warehouse which opens November 4. I have a couple other things coming up, but I am looking forward to experimenting on some masks and larger paintings in the studio this winter.
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