My inspiration comes from that feeling you'd get as a child, when everything was new & exciting.
Meaning & motivation came from what we LOVE and makes us feel good, causes us to THINK and learn new things, and lets us PLAY and enjoy life just for the fun of it.
As we get older, our motivations change.
My goal as an artist is to help us reconnect to how we experienced life before everything became so important.
Though my formal creative training is in graphic design, after nearly a decade of designing for businesses and corporations, I found myself wrestling with idea that even the most original designs are built to have a purpose, produce results, and create near-identical user experiences. It's rare that a design is made to simply be enjoyed. It's creativity, but with a job to do. When I realized that I was feeling this way, I decided to shift my focus toward fine art and abstract art. I love the fact that every single person has a different experience and perspective in life and to me, abstract art embraces that and allows the viewers to explore what the piece means to them on a personal level.
I've never not created. I don't think I'm able to say any specific thing that motivates me. It's just part of who I am – to continuously make things, take on projects, build, change – it’s all just me.
Art is the way that we express ourselves when words can’t suffice. Being able to share a feeling with others is a form of communication that is incredibly special. On top of that, art doesn't matter. And I don't mean that as a negative at all. There are many important things in the world where a difference of opinion can mean the difference between life and death or a society thriving or falling apart. With art, you can have a difference of opinion or debate whether a piece has a certain meaning and it really doesn't matter. It's about personal experience. And I think that lightheartedness is something that is incredibly important in the world today.
I do a lot of my painting at night. I will work well into the morning hours and just get completely absorbed in my painting without my brain nagging me to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. It does present certain challenges if I haven't picked a colour palette yet because under certain lighting different colours look a bit different so I try to pick my palettes in the daylight. I'm also a freelance designer during the day so my painting schedule does sometimes fluctuate based on that.
Colours are very important to my style and picking the right ones makes all the difference. Certain colours look incredible together and blend absolutely beautifully while others create a muddy effect. I've been really enjoying finding palettes that evoke certain moods and really excite the mind without being too overwhelming.
I'm in an acrylic phase right now and have been really enjoying working with brushes. One of my favourite mediums to this date is oil pastels, although I don't use them very often anymore. I love the smooth feeling of them going across a page and that you can blend them together and they look really neat. Clay is also a favourite medium of mine. I took a sculpture class in high school and fell in love with the feeling of it.
I definitely deal with imposter syndrome and artistic envy so I try to keep my art influences pretty personal to my own experiences. I tend to let my work organically grow and change rather than looking at other people's work and going “hey I want to try that!”
I grew up living next to a forest and constantly playing in the woods so I think that has a lot to do with how my artwork presents itself. There's a lot of playfulness and movement but there's also a sort of serene and rhythmic element to it. I have a lot of respect for nature and the organic but repetitive structure found throughout it. Even though I often use unnatural, highly saturated colours in my work, I think that the experience of being surrounded by something so incredible and perfectly complicated really inspires what I create.
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