What gives you inspiration or motivates you to create art?
It's something that I have always been compelled to do from a young age. Originally, I was only creating art for myself but over time I have realized how much other people's lives are enriched by works of art. The people that I meet while walking around the city or traveling to different places motivate me to keep doing what I love.
Who is your art role model, mentor and/or art teacher?
I see everyone that I come into contact with as a teacher for my artwork. There have been many people over the years I have looked up to and learned massively from. Through the power of the internet, I have been able to connect with people whose work amazes me such as John Park in Los Angeles, although we have never met in person. One major influence in my life as an artist has been my professor Robert Pruitt while I was an undergrad at Texas Southern University. He always challenges me to understand why I am doing something through self reflection which is an important skill to develop as an artist.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Experiment with a variety of materials and read as much as possible about the lives of artists or people that have the type of life you want. Everything that you internalize will add depth to the works you create. Also, keep a personal journal or blog of your experiences so you can see how far you have come along your journey.
What music do you listen to while painting or creating?
Usually instrumental music but it depends on the mood of the piece that I am creating at the moment.
How do you describe your work/style? What themes do you pursue?
I would describe my work as dreams heavily loaded with life experiences and learned wisdom grounded in reality. They are fantasies that evoke truth.
What do you hope others see in your work?
Themselves and the strength they posses.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
"Follow your passion."
What do you love most about being an artist?
The freedom and responsibility that comes with creating something from nothing more than an idea that others will see.