When did you first realize you were an artist?
I realized that I had artistic ability when my mother accused me of tracing a cartoon drawing I had done when I was about 8 years old. I realized I was an artist when I found my artistic voice in college and knew WHY I wanted to created art.
Could you tell us about your work?
My work always features a human face or figure. The human face is a fun challenge for me, and I love trying to capture the essence of the person as well as a likeness. I also incorporate Judeo- Christian symbolism in my work to tell a story. The meaning is truly up to the viewer, but I provide my thoughts about each piece on my website.
What artists have influenced your work?
David Salle, Leonardo da Vinci and Alphonse Mucha
What is your creative inspiration?
I am inspired by the challenge of creating a meaningful and visually pleasing combination of color, texture, and subject matter.
What other interests do you have besides creating art?
I love to read and search flea markets and antique stores for interesting vintage designs. I am also very interested in learning about different cultures. I am currently learning Japanese and I am studying that culture in preparation for a trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms this spring.
What advice would you give to a new artist?
Get an artist mentor to help you with the business side and also help your art grow. Aim for progress, not perfection, and never stop learning and improving.
Could you give some advice about the business side of being an artist?
See yourself as a business owner who wears many hats…marketing director, owner, designer, sales director and accountant. Take some courses on the art business and don’t be afraid of social media. Being a professional artist is hard work, but it is worth the time to continue to hone my skills and create a legacy for my body of work.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
I see myself showing my work internationally and traveling to show and speak about my work.
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