Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?
I was born in Minneapolis, MN. I moved to Chicago in 1997 and have been here ever since.
What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?
As a kid, I was always drawing and making things. I remember setting up art shows in my dad's living room. My favorite project was this miniature 3D city I made out of folded paper. There were trees, houses, cars, and a school bus fully equipped with the little stop sign on the side. I loved cabbage patch dolls but since I didn't have one, I decided to make my own by sewing and stuffing an old pair of pantyhose. My doll was wearing this black and white outfit and ended up looking like a creepy nun, but it was still pretty inventive for a little kid.
Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?
My only tie to skateboarding were the kids I hung out with, looked up to and/or had a crush on in high school. It was the late 80s. They were cute and had great haircuts.
Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?
My favorite art these days is the kind I randomly and unexpectedly come across on the street. I walk a lot when I can because I get tired of driving during the week, so coming up on a new mural or some kind of street/public art is always a thrill. Chicago is a great city for that.
When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?
My favorite thing right now is yoga. I've been doing living room yoga for over ten years, but I finally started taking classes earlier this year and there's no turning back. There are so many physical and emotional benefits, too many to mention. It's my healthiest addiction.
Who are your biggest influences?
People who are real, authentic, compassionate.
What mediums do you enjoy working in?
I pretty much solely work with acrylic on found wood. I love using the distressed qualities of the material, the imperfections, and elevating them. It's a metaphor for life, I think. Painting this skateboard fit right in for me. The purple tint and the beautiful wood grain became the inspiration and starting point for the image that emerged.
Anything else you want to tell?
Thank you so much for allowing me to create a one of a kind deck. It was a great experience!