Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in and I presently work out of Chicago, IL. I have been practicing art making for 6 years after a long period of straying away from it. The decision to practice again has created a purposeful and dramatic shift in the course of my life. I am mostly self-taught as an artist. However, I briefly took drawing and painting classes at Richard J. Daley College that I would say laid a foundation for who I am now artistically. Throughout my life I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel; an experience that has grown into a priority for me. I also very much enjoy visiting thrift stores. The newness of an unfamiliar location and the possibility to repurpose something are very attractive concepts to me. Keeping that in mind when approaching my artwork, my practice is constantly an experiment. Usually a challenging one, but I do believe that I grow from it.
What kind of art do you create?
I make both representational and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics. I also make drawings with pencil and ink. Most recently, I have discovered an interest in writing that I have coupled with my most recent works. I use my writing to create a more immersive space for the viewer. When I create something, I think about if it will be pleasing to the eye once it is hanging on a wall. My secondary focus is to have what I make be of substance, of purpose. Implementing my writing with my visual artwork has added a new layer to that effort.
How did you get started?
I got my start in artmaking as a child. I would draw and color for hours on end. However, nearing the start of high school, I stopped drawing. At the time I was too much of a perfectionist and I couldn’t finish any work that I started. I did not come back to it until 2013. That semester I took a drawing class and I enjoyed it more than any other class in my educational history. I started producing artwork and I was very set in my ways. I said that I would only do grayscale drawings in a realism style, even though I struggled with finding subject matter. The next year I took a painting class that I enjoyed, but I had a hard time with paint as a medium for what felt like a long period. Once I felt like I had the hang of it, the possibilities with the medium helped me overcome the difficulty I had choosing subject matter.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my artistic style as: A thoughtful, fluid but also multifaceted approach of expression.