When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing
Programming is always close in my mind. Making worlds out of mathematics - a grand puzzle in need of solving. I primarily work with Objective-C, though I am a programmatic polyglot. Days not spent painting are often spent building and refining these compiled creatures, assembling ideas with lines of code. It first stemmed from a desire to make my website from scratch - these humble markup roots led me tumbling down a rabbit hole of increasingly abstract problems. And even more interesting solutions. Programming is the art of abstraction. Outside of that I enjoy a nice scotch, tobacco, an interesting game and a book on history.
Who are your biggest influences?
Stephen Gammell - the original illustrator for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I say original because the small, foul publishers took it upon themselves to republish the book with boring illustrations. There is no greater sin than to be boring. I enjoyed how he illustrated - Raw, natural & sticky. Like a loose tooth hanging from your jaw on a thread of flesh. Picasso - the broken edges of people are much more revealing than a fully composed figure. It encourages me to change, to grow, to evolve. My paintings reflect whatever is on my mind at the time. You could read them like a journal.
What mediums do you enjoy working in?
Watercolour. I'm quite shit at anything else. I have an oil painting that I've been working on for four years. It's inches thick, and will likely never be completed. With oils, you can fix things. Go over with a fresh layer. With watercolour I am stuck with whatever mistake I think I made, and forced to continue. The experience is entirely liberating. I often slip in to a state outside of thought when working, allowing the simple brushstrokes overtake my mind.
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Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently
I was born in Sydney, Australia, New South Wales. I currently live in Ohio.
What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures
I started painting during a break from university. A girl I was dating at the time bought home a gigantic canvas - easily three feet in length. We spent the evening with a bottle of wine and paint tubes. She started at one edge, I at the other. We met in the middle. It was the happiest I had ever been. Unsurprisingly, the relationship ended badly shortly after that, and I abandoned my medical pursuits and moved to Seattle. I had a singular goal in my mind - to paint. It consumed me completely. I am still consumed.
Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding
I don't have any affection to any one skateboarder. Tony Hawk would be the most likely candidate, as his game introduced me to the music of my teenage years. It's likely an odd choice for that, but the fact stands. From his franchise I was exposed to Rage against the Machine, Bad Religion & Dead Kennedys, a suitable soundtrack for an angry young man.