“Endangered Love” is the first of a monthly series I like to call “Humanimal”, a project encouraging the preservation of endangered species.
1. What kind of art weapons do you use to CREATE?
I’m big on layering watercolor paints, colored pencil, and black India ink. Even the crayons at Chili’s and a napkin will do. But sometimes I keep my hands clean with my MacBook, Wacom tablet, and stylus. Sustainability rules.
2. When was the moment you fell in love with ART?
I remember exactly how frustrated I was as a kindergardener. I couldn’t fit all of the shapes I wanted in a drawing. My teacher, Mrs. Waddles, taught me how to “overlap” objects in space and it was in that moment I realized I had so much to learn, and that I always would. That my relationship with Art was one to be nourished. It was love at first lesson.
3. What is your purpose to CREATE?
My quest as an artist (and human being) is to make the invisible visible. Literally, I draw what people want to see. Figuratively, I extract what people are thinking (whether they know it or not). I’m fascinated by the mind, and I love encouraging people to express themselves passionately.
4. Is there a particular message you want to communicate through your artwork?
I’m well aware that my artwork generally fights against most laws of physics. Keeping this in mind, I truly believe that anything is possible. That great potential is reached through practice. Create. Reflect. Refine. Repeat.
5. What is your meaning behind the word, “philARThropy?”
philARThropy is an exchange of one’s time for everyone’s happiness!
6. How do you plan on using your creativity and imagination to give back to your community and make a difference?
I was one of those “overly exposed” kids, and I’m 100% thankful for it. Every child should be encouraged to do what they want (within reason). I would love to instill the importance of art and experience in as many young minds as possible, whether that be through writing and illustrating children’s books, designing heroic video game characters, or teaching art. Preferably all three!
7. What would be your contribution to the art community?
My current civic duty is facilitating themed parties and events for kids. There’s usually some sort of art project involved. So I guess I’m contributing in leading our future leaders down an artsy and healthy path! Also, I make lots of artwork on the side, promoting music and musical artists. One of those projects includes designing album covers and merchandise for a musician friend, Milo.
8. What message would you give to a young artist who is trying to find their place in the art world?
Surround yourself with creatives. Get familiar with legends and their techniques. Be open to new experiences. Never dull yourself down to please others. Never stop asking questions. Make yourself BELIEVE that you can be your best at what you do, then do it. Never stop.
9. If you had the chance to collaborate with another artist, what would be the #1 thing on your art bucket list of creative projects you’d like to complete?
This is a very good question…It would be cool to start some sort of timeless tradition. Something that anyone with good intent could be a part of. Maybe a kids’ camp and learning facility where the arts meet extreme sports.
10. What kind of art legacy do you want to leave with the world?
A positive one for sure. I can’t ask for anything more than that. I hope that my autobiography (release date TBA) inspires people to make good decisions, keeping themselves and others in mind. One life, one love.