a)Most of my days are spent at work (I write
software by day), and painting when I get home. I like to have a great
craft beer while I paint, so it's become something of a ritual. I live
with my fiancee and our two dogs - so they're a pretty big part of my
q) Where did you grow up/where do you
live now and how does that contribute to your art?
a)I grew up in a small town in upstate
NY. I don't know that where, so much as when, has really influenced my
work. I grew up in the 80s and 90s with all of the movies & video
games of that generation. These are the things that have most influenced
q) What is your earliest memory that
propelled you to create?
a)I think that I've always loved to
paint. My father used to paint, and my aunt took me to an art supplies
store every year for Christmas. I'd paint using whatever I could (old
paints and cardboard if necessary).
us a little bit about your creative process.
a)I don't know that there's much process
to it other than the ritualistic beer that I have while I'm painting.
Lately it's been very spontaneous. I have a basement full of unaltered
pieces waiting for me, and I'll typically look around until I find one that
suits what I'm thinking at the time. From there, I might sketch out the
placement of my additions, but very often, I just dive in. It's pretty
hard to leave my easel once I start and so there are times when I'll paint for
eight hours at a time.
do you wish for your art to be perceived?
a)I think people should take it for what
it is... a parody. I love the idea of taking pop culture from one
generation and adding it to the artwork of another. It's even better if I
can make it seem like it [impossibly so] belonged there the entire time.
Hopefully people will laugh a little as well.
do your internal dialogues sound like?
a)This is a great question! They
must be very confusing or really boring because I cannot for the life of me
recall any! I think they're mostly a bunch of unfinished sentences about
my Fiancee, dogs, beer, and paint.
you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?
a)I feel like never have enough hours in
the day to do/paint all the things that I'd love to do/paint. I don't
think I'll ever run out of ideas, so let's just hope I don't run out of thrift
art to paint into!
you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?
a)I think that what I do (and what I would
consider my "art" to be) is pretty important to me. It's really
great to have an outlet, and it's just amazing to me that people get a kick out
what I do. At this point, it's become such a part of my life, that I'm
not sure I'd know what to do without it.
Describe a world without art.
a)It's made of nothing but blank paper and
inhabited by people without senses.
us a secret, and obsession.
a)I used to honestly believe that if I
concentrated hard enough someday I'd be able to move things with my mind.
I'm obsessed with
mashed potatoes & gravy.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?