Three words that describe you?
Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.
What's your first art memory?
When I was in first grade I used to watch a lot of horror movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and I would draw dismembered people during class. My school all thought I was having serious issues at home and my art was channeling those problems. They made my parents have a meeting with the principal but it was all just because I was trying to draw what I watched in the movies, haha.
When did you realize you wanted to become an artist?
When I tried several other career ideas and I found myself making art during them.
What would you be if you weren't an artist?
Probably some other freelance career or a consultant.
Why do you create? What's your message?
I like to make people smile, laugh, and relate.
What was your biggest influence (artistic or other) growing up?
Exploring the whole punk rock movement of the 70s and 80s. It really inspired me and gave me the confidence to pursue what I wanted.
Why collage and digital art as your medium of choice?
I love the instantaneous exploration and limitless possibilities. I don't have to go out and buy materials, which takes up precious time when I could be creating!
What's the first step in your creative process?
Finding good music to play in the background.
What kind of music do you listen to when you create?
I like slow and repetitive music. My favorite band is Electric Wizard but I also like atmospheric electronic music as well.
When / How / Where do you get inspired?
It's kind of random but most of the time its after I surf or after I watch an epic concert on Youtube ha!
What's your favorite piece you've made?
Probably a piece called Burning Hands where a digital hand is covering the eyes of a woman. I find it interesting because it's a vintage photograph that is interacting with new technology. It makes me think about censorship, the future, and voyeurism.
What are you working on right now? Any exciting upcoming projects?
I just finished a cool project with a rescue dog leash company called LEEDS. I made a sticker, harness, and leash pattern. Its pretty awesome because I have a rescue dog and it's nice being able to give back to shelters.
What is success for you?
Being able to make a living off my art. If I am able to freelance and still able to have fun then I am a happy guy.
Your fantasized collaboration (anyone dead or alive)?
I would love to collaborate with George Carlin. I think it would be awesome to give him 50 images of mine and have him create a narrative for each.
What would you imagine your last words to be?
This artist is based in Seattle, USA.
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