Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?
I grew up in a tiny town in the white mountains of Arizona. I've lived in Oregon all of my adult life. It would take a lot to ever make me move. ... It looks like a fairy tale here.
What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?
Loneliness? Boredom? when I was young I drew mostly as a game - creating characters and making up elaborate stories about their lives. The fact that I was good at it, and received a lot of attention from it just reinforced everything. At some point it just became part of how I defined myself.
Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?
My ties to skateboarding are limited to about 5 months in 2005, but I like to brag that I can go down a couple stairs. Usually by landing on my face - but I don't brag so much about that part.
Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?
For an artist who's taken extensive art history and theory classes - I'm pretty clueless about other artists - living or dead. Most of the time, when I see something I really like - it turns out to be Danish. An example: Vilhelm Hammershoi.
When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?
Pretty much all the same cliche things most portlanders say when you ask this. I'd be less vague but I'm trying not to be a platitude.
Who are your biggest influences?
My influences are more places than people. There's definitely something about the outdoors in oregon - most of the time seen through rain streaked windows - that indisputably informs my paintings.
What mediums do you enjoy working in?
What mediums do you enjoy working in? My paintings are mostly acrylic and resin. I like the thickness of resin, and how it allows me to build up layers within a painting, or stick in other objects. It can also be a little unpredictable - changing the colors and contrasts in a piece in ways I wouldn't have expected.
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