Robot 85

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?

 

I was born 1985 in Paso Robles California. I currently reside in sunny Portland Oregon :) .

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

I've been drawing since I was a young child, and was really into cartoon strips like Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts. I started drawing my favorite characters, then moved on to create my own and the places that they lived. Eventually, I received my first Super Nintendo around the age of six and my imagination blew up with the help of my favorite video games into creating fantasy worlds and crazy cartoon characters.  

 

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?

 

It's really tough to name one. Rodney Mullen, Andrew Reynolds, Jamie Thomas and Chad Muska were all my heroes. I skated for about 10 years before my injuries piled up to the point where I had to ask myself if going big was the answer. I skated street, half pipe, and mini pipe, pools and bowls, as well as some downhill bombing from time to time.

 

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

Again, really tough to name one. Jeff Soto, Greg Simkins, Ekundayo, Jeremy Geddes, Sam Flores, Conor Harrington, Jenny Saville and soooo many more. I could literally geek out for days on all my favorites. I'd have to say that Doze Green was a huge influence on me when I first started painting, and I traveled to San Francisco many times to see his work as I got more serious about painting.

 

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?

 

I enjoy spending time with my son Kale, my beautiful girlfriend Nancy and her son Malachi doing anything fun. I love the outdoors and camping and rafting and generally spending time in nature. I still skate when the weather is nice and I'm feeling it, and I love to ride my bike all over town. Reading books is something I always try to make time for, but art keeps my schedule pretty packed most of the time and for that I am blessed :)

 

 

Who are your biggest influences?

 

Geez...uhhh so many people. Artists/muralists, musicians, poets, family, friends, and the ever growing, ever astounding art community here in Portland and all over the world.

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

I really enjoy a lot of different mediums. My primary two are acrylic and spray paint. I did graffiti first, before I ever found fine art interesting or contemplated making any myself, and spray paint is included 90% of the time still to this day. But after spending three years buried in the art department at my college, I have found so many mediums which I love to work with. Printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and metal casting, watercolor and ink to name a few, and each one of those has several subcategories with more. Needless to say, I'm an art nerd. :)

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

Here's my artist statement: Predominantly a painter, I strive for constant evolution among my characters and narratives through a combination of spray paint and acrylic techniques. Conceptually, my robots are mechanical forms, channeling the human emotional experience through expressive gestures and carefully considered compositions