Photo Credit: E.J. Grijalva

Photo Credit: E.J. Grijalva


Painting - Acrylic / Watercolor

Seattle, wa

Where are you from and what keeps you there?

I live in Seattle and have been here nearly all my life. Lots of things keep me here. Friends, community and climate mostly. Amazon and all the tech bullshit aside, it’s a really magical place.

Do you remember the moment you first wanted to become an artist and how old were you when it occurred?

I think I was a freshman in high school.

Do you have any rituals that help motivate/inspire you?

Just do it. You can’t wait for inspiration so you just have to work. Listen to music that you like. Look at good art, put yourself around people that make art, and make art.

Top five favorite local artist?

There’s too many but the ones that come to mind right now are Jeffry Mitchell, Derek Erdman, Joe Rudko, Kelly Bjork, Howard Fonda

Top five not so local artist?

Again, there are a million. let’s just say Masami Yanagida, Anna Jensen, Tara Booth, Sean McNamara, Penelope Gazin

What was the last show you attended?

Here’s two, Nacho Bell by Mary Anne Carter at The Factory  and Daughters Of Summer by Sarah Long

What music are you currently excited about?

I like old jazz and the new Broken Social Scene album is really great!

Are there any Perks of being an artist?

You get free drinks sometimes and other artists trade with you so you don’t have to spend a million dollars.

How about the Frustrations of being an artist?

It’s frustrating to know that my best work could always be better.  As an artists you feel good for what you’ve done but it’s never enough. When it is enough you’re done.  

Are you working on any new projects? If so can you tell us a little about it?

I’m always painting lots of things and working on several projects at once. The most interesting one right now is a series of miniature impressionistic pieces in tiny gold frames.

So far, what is your favorite piece you have worked on and why?

I did a painting for Out Of Sight, an art show here is Seattle. But no photos exist of it yet.

last words?

work hard and be positive.


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