Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!
1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?
Probably something in agriculture. Working all year long, often in solitude, for an end goal/product. It seems like a similar work ethic can be applied to both the artist/farmer career paths. Also, I love seeing combines out late at night during harvest, it reminds me of the night before a big art exhibition, just much less frantic.
2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?
I can’t remember the nicest thing anyone has ever said about my work but I do vividly remember a mother and her two young children totally enthralled with an old sculpture of mine. They even had a family photo taken with it! If kids think the art is neat than it's a great success.
3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?
The one thing I’d like people to know is that I’m not primarily a painter. I’m currently using the medium because it is the most convenient and appropriate for accomplishing the ideas that I feel need to be completed. I may switch to film or poetry or pastry chef if that will best serve my creative process.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?
The piece that comes to mind is a small installation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, called “Washing away Wrongs” by Anicka Yi. It made me very uncomfortable and it stuck with me. It centered around scent rather than sight or sound, plus it's totally interactive for the viewer. I don’t want to spoil it by giving away all the details, but I suggest you experience it for yourself if you're in Cleveland.
5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?
I would love to earn a grant to hire people to do some work for me! I have so much that I want to do artistically speaking, that it’s just not possible for one person. (especially when it involves expensive equipment)
Delacroix, of course! I was in awe when I saw "Raft of the Medusa" in person, truly mind blowing. While I have some aspects of Neoclassicism in my personality, I’m a Romantic at heart….. Though, I will say, Ingres has grown on me a little bit.
*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!