1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?
    I’ve been creating art in some form or another since I was young, so I suppose it’s always been an innate part of my being. I don’t recall a point where I ever chose to start doing art, just seemed obvious and natural to always be creating -wether it showed up as painting, drawing, tattooing, pottery, cooking, crafting, or writing.
2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective.
    At vaayu I feel like I’ve been on a journey of exploring new mediums and really a how it feels to blend my own creative process with other people and a ‘deadline’. I’ve always been most comfortable creating in my own space and with no pressure but my own so it’s been a really special experience being a resident artist and having a bit of external pressure to keep me in a focused state.
3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?
    My creative process usually starts with an idea that comes pretty swiftly and clearly. Kind of like a blue print. I try and roughly sketch it out as quick as possible so I can really capture it when it’s fresh. Then, slowly as I refine my sketch other ideas trickle in. I oftenspend a lot of time in a measurement/ mathematical state, laying everything out so that it’s perfect and symmetrical. I know processes like that drive some artists nuts but I absolutely love the process of perfecting symmetry. Something about it sets such a contained tone for my more flowy creative side to come out. Then, I’ll transfer the idea to a larger scale ‘canvas’ and from there I becomes more of an intuitive flow state, just trusting my creative abilities. Over all I would say that style of art that I am inspired to create takes time, steady attention to detail, and patience. Which I love because I feel like each piece has time to take me on such a journey, through excitement, loving it, hating it, having to dig deep for some drop of inspiration to keep going, then falling in love with the piece all over again. The art of perservenance. As far as ideal studio goes, I love creative in a really aesthetically pleasing, spacious environment. Usually alone or with close friends, good tunes, a steady stream of stimulants like maté or cacao haha. Setting space is definitely important for me to create my best work.
4) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?
    Yes lots of long term goals and dream aspirations. Right now I’m really excited to dive deeper into tattooing and have that be a main pillar of artist expression for me. There’s something uniquely special and intimate about that art form that has captured me. Someday perhaps it will become a solid ‘career’ path. Also, id love to keep painting. I feel a new found love for the medium and am excited to keep exploring it and understanding the technique more. I envision working on some pretty big paintings that I put at least a few months into each. Lastly, I’m excited to explore painting some murals soon.
5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?
    Mmmm no. There are so many variables that go into why a piece could take a week or why it would take a few months. I will say I’ve never taken less than a week of consistent focus to create something and feel like that’s my minimum time frame. For me a quality ride over quantity. I also don’t feel like I have an established enough style or preferred medium to know how long a piece will take.
6) Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?
    I would say my main inspirations are all quite earthy. I naturally draw inspiration from animals and the elements. The geometric aspect to my art is even coming from the perfect structure of everything that exists in the natural world. I also study astrology quite extensively so I love getting an idea and seeing if it has a similar tone to what’s happening with the planets then playing off those parallels and letting them feed more inspiration into whatever I’m creating. This is a tough question to narrow down though, I wouldn’t want to leave anything out… I suppose I’m inspired by everything, by existing. I’m inspired by the idea that I can create literally anything I dream up, and the possibilities there are endless.
7) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?
    Likely not. I haven’t had any inspiration to tie my art into a book of any sort. Mainly because it’s not that way I would want to present my work. Perhaps if it was just the right situation though.
8) You recently switched from the ink on paper style to acrylic style? How do you think it has affected your work?
    I would say after spending a bit of time dabbling in paint now I simply found another outlet for creating that I love. I still feel quite inspired to create with pen for a few reasons. One I love the simplicity of just using black and another background tone or two. Second the meticulous detail you can achieve with a pen is so satisfying. And lastly it pairs well with the tattooing. Painting though, has added a whole new layer of ideas to what is possible with creativity. So very excited to play more with the effects of layering paint in different ways and exploring having a wider color spectrum than, well, just black haha. It’s amazing how dynamic and alive a painting can start to feel as it comes to life. Another tool for the tool belt.
9) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?
    Mmmm no actually. I have a handful of artists that im deeply inspired by but I don’t think my dream would be to have them be a part of this particular show. That dream seems better suited for sometime in the future once I’ve perfected my craft a bit more:)
10) Is the aim of your work to instil any particular beliefs in the audience?
    Ah I like that question. Consciously no not at all. I never really have a preconceived idea about what sort of message I want to be sending through my art. Though once I create something it does seem to have that effect of containing a message. A lot of the times I create from a space of something I’m personally going through or realizing. No one else is usually in mind… conciously. Though, since we are all so incredibly interconnected, that in no way feels purely subjective. Everyone can relate to every emotion and relate to one another through the collective conscious. Something I am personally needing to express through my art will without a doubt be understood and felt by others.
11) Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?
    On peoples bodies:) As well as adding to the atmosphere of people’s homes.
12) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators?
    Hmmm I would say something I’ve been learning recently that has been quite revolutionary is the notion of balancing the left and right brain- the creative side of art and the practical. I’ve found through personal experience and watching other artists, that often the scales of left and right brain can be heavily tilted to the right. Which seems To create the idea of ‘starving artists’. There is a whole other side to the art that involves thinking logically about what your goals are with your craftand how to bring them to life in the world. Be resourceful. once I starting understanding how to ground my art in a practical sense, how to use the right tools for specific visions, how share my work with people effectively, and how to network with those in the field, I started to see how much positive feed back and abundance can come with being an artists. That being said, I’m still just opening up the doors of possibility but even a peak at what’s possible has got me inspired to navigate my craft with a balance of creativity and practicality.

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