“I found that removing the pressure of trying represent a subject enabled me to focus on composition, line, textures, and movement.” - the artist
Q: What led you to become an abstract artist?
A: I first fell in love with art through drawing, but as I got older my bent towards perfection would get the best of me when painting. If I couldn’t get something “perfect” I didn’t see the point in doing in at all. This is a very unhealthy mindset as an artist, so I decided to abandon subjective work and invest time experimenting with materials, colors, and process. I found that removing the pressure of trying represent a subject enabled me to focus on composition, line, textures, and movement. I fell in love with how an abstract piece can make you feel, imagine, wonder, and ask questions.
Q: Where have you studied and how long have you been an artist?
A: I was an art kid all throughout my childhood, and went on to get my BFA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Q: Where do you derive your inspiration from?
A: I’m inspired by nature, specifically future versions of our world (whether it’s Earth or Mars) and how we may react to it. Color and textures also inspire me--I love trying new methods of mixing paint directly on the canvas and combining different mediums to create new textures and effects. Since I’m also trying to capture emotion in my work, I use my own experiences with strong emotions (good and bad) to create those feelings through color and texture. I typically make up a story about each piece as it’s coming together, and use that to guide the intended emotional output.
Q: We were very impressed with your piece, Death Shall Be No More. Is there a specific meaning behind this work?
A: The story I made up for this piece is that in a future version of Earth, colors of the world have changed into vibrant colors. Life and growth is so prolific that plants spawn within other plants, and trees light up with electric lightning.
Q: What do you hope for viewers to take away from your art?
A: I hope viewers will want to ask questions about what our world will be like in 100 years. Will we be living on Earth still? Will we spend our entire days in a virtual world instead? Will there be abundant life covering the Earth, or will it all be gone? I also hope my work through its saturated color and imagined worlds will bring joy and wonder to viewers.
Q: How do you view your art career in five years?
A: In five years, I’d love to be showing my work all over the United States and internationally. I want to sell more work directly to collectors. I view my collectors as patrons and supporters, and I want to be able to build and maintain those relationships. Over the next five years, I’m going to be evolving my work to incorporate both figures and abstract techniques. I’d also like to develop ways to incorporate science and technology, two things I’ve always been fascinated with. I can also see myself transitioning into more sculptural work.
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