first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
Anything and everything. I finished my summer project – my new website. So I am back to drinking now. I kid.. kind of. I am back to making more projects for my handbook.
It really seems that you refuse any kind of etiquette regarding to being an “illustrator” or “street artist” or a “photographer” or whatever,
I don’t do the title thing. I am just somebody who is driven to create.
And we are on the same page with you, it doesn’t make sense! At HYDE, categories are just a way to archive tons of images…Are you still interested in defining yourself and your art?
My life is devoted to making to art. I live my life like it was an art piece.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been an artist?
I live in the downtown area of phoenix Arizona. I’ve been an artist since a small child, although I can’t draw or paint properly.
Could you tell us some more about your images? How would you describe your style?
Going to all extremes to conjure one half masterpiece.
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?
Idea idea idea idea idea. All in my head. Then finally after months of plotting and planning and thinking, I start work on it.
What artists have influenced you, and how? Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?
In terms of work – Jennifer Sterling. In terms of life – Charles Bukowski.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?
When I started I just did.. now it is the same, but without a lot more thought into my process.
What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
Probably going out and getting away from it. art is trauma, and confronting that everyday is painful. I need a break.
How could you describe that precise moment….The one it makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”
I have to tell myself this, about 5x a week. even the times I don’t have it. it’s all about motivation.
How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
The same as life. I am good to my both my clients and collectors. And they’re good to me. Well one client right now isn’t paying me. I don’t think. But karma will get him for sure.
What is your family background? Were there any artists or creative types in the family?
I don’t think so. My grandmother was a home maker. Like, a serious holly/suzy home maker, sewing clothes for her 7 children, and all her grandchildren, making dinners, decorating house. She is probably the most creative in my family.
What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?
None at the moment, I am just going to be starting on a new series of work now that my website has been re-vamped. So I am pretty excited about that.
What’s the best part of being an artist?
This will for sure be a misquote from a nice documentary I tecently saw.. ‘an artist can learn to do anything.’ And that’s what I love about being an artist.
The hardest is the struggle, when you’re broke, not having health/dental insurance. Losing cars, guns and jewelry in order to pay bills and keep working. The easiest part is, you live your life completely honestly, and without hesitation. Balls to the wall.
How do you keep yourself motivated and your paintings fresh?
Ignore everyone else and focus on your own war with the world.
Do you conduct workshops for aspiring illustrators?
Not yet. As I get older and more confident in my own work I see this as a definite possibility.
Before you put your work “out there”. Do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right?
Everything is instinct for me. My biggest critic is myself.
The first artist that comes to your mind in front of your next blank canvas?