Tell us a little bit about your artistic background:
Well, I’ve learned that men are not taught to self sooth, such as woman in their early development… however, like most artistically drawn persons, I believe occupying my hands with my thoughts from an early age was an extension of self soothing.
I was only five when my mother gave me my first set of watercolors and a dip pen with ink. All I wanted was to draw the tide pools where tiny worlds existed under the illusion of sea puddles on the crags. I was always “the artist” in every class from elementary school up through high school. I knew from a very early age that I not only wanted to be a “great artist” (whatever that adds up to) but even more so, I knew that I wanted to change the face of art, in how it’s used, seen and produced–realizing that almost every generation has pioneering presences, the matrons and patrons of the next art movement or revolution. I have experimented and had shows in mediums from figurative metal sculptures mixed with glass, which was my first show when I was 16, to pinhole photography, to illustration, installations, graffiti, tattooing, pottery, and also some experimentations with sound art and manual holograms (or anaglyphic sculptures). It’s my belief that too many artists focus toward marketing and overproduced redundant subjects or mediums, and tend to die an artistic death on a long road to the middle.
It’s really the modern day artist’s challenge to innovate the field and pioneer new mediums (or combinations) in which we relay visually–to shape us as an aware species. Now am I claiming to have accomplished this yet, No, but I am always one line, color or idea closer every day I create.