When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been artistic, I’ve always drawn, sketched and colored since I was very little. I guess I’ve always wanted to be an artist … always wanting to create whenever and wherever I can.
Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
I’m very inspired by textures and colors in art and just in everyday things. Buildings, Graff, Classic Horror movies, Monsters …
Music plays a huge role, I can’t sketch or paint without music playing. You can always catch me listening to The Black Keys, Everlast, A Tribe Called Quest, 3 Inches of Blood, The Specials, New Order … I’m all over the place music wise. I usually just throw on some Pandora and let it go …
What super secret projects do you have in the works that you can share with us?
Nothing super huge in the plans for now, going to try my hand at sculpting soon and my 2013 Sketch a Day will be turned into a book at the end of the year.
Pets, do you have any? If so, names and types please.
I had a cat that passed away about 10 years ago, his name was squirt … after he passed I told my self I couldn’t have another animal because the loss was pretty heavy. But my kids almost have me talked into getting a dog so we’ll see what happens !
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal, I can eat breakfast any time of the day. If you visit I’m taking you to my favorite watering hole, Lengthwise Brewery … great food, atmosphere and great hand crafted beer !!
Do you have a type of medium you prefer to work in, and why?
I prefer working in 1-Shot Enamels … I’ve been working with them for the past 10 years or so. I like the way that when you put that brush down it does exactly what you make it do. You can lay down a pencil line pinstripe or do some fantastic graphic arts, lettering … I even airbrush with it.
I have admiration for so many artists for so many different reasons. If I had to name a few of my favorites they would be Todd Schorr, Makoto, Damian Fulton, Glenn Barr, Jeff Soto, Mr. G, Joe Sorren & Grimb
What was the biggest risk you have taken, and was it worth it?
The biggest risk I took was giving up a busy airbrushing business to work on my own projects and pursue different avenues in art. I can honestly say that I miss it a bit but I definitely made the right choice.
Your favorite thing to do when you are not working.
Going to art shows, movies, friends … good food and beer !
My typical day starts at 5:30, drop off my daughter at school … straight to work by 7:30. I run our family business dealing in Oilfield, Plumbing & Safety Supplies … I get off around 4, come home, do art … sleep around 12-1. Back up at the crack of dawn.
If you could go anywhere in the world for a visit where would it be, and why?
I was lucky enough to travel to Japan twice for Art Shows in 2011. I would love to basically go anywhere now, Japan was such an amazing experience … London, Italy, Germany ? Anywhere would be fine with me, just to experience something different would be great !
Sandwich or Burrito?
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Interview by Adam Washburn