- 1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?
I can tell you that I used to draw sharks when I was a kid and that now it’s 2017 and I’m in Goa doing my first art exhibition 😉
- 2. Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective.
My role at the Vision Collective has traveled many moons. I started doing the graphic design work for Vaayu and it’s projects about 3 months before moving to Goa, when I was still living in LA. It was cool because it gave me a head start into what’s actually happening at Vaayu, so I think it helped the transition when I finally moved here in late February of 2016. I’ve been the longest Artist in Residence at the Vision Collective and it’s been a magical journey no doubt. My heart is full. I’ve been working on all sorts of fine art pieces, painting murals around Goa, helping the new artists get sorted out here in Goa, DJing at Vaayu and some other fun night clubs, traveling to far out corners of India to paint festivals, and so much more. It’s been really special and I’m so grateful to everyone at Vaayu for their love and support !!
- 3. Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?
Haha, I don’t think I’ve had an average day in the studio for a long time. Honestly an average studio session typically doesn’t begin until after dinner. I’m most creative and inspired in the night. During the monsoon I was up making music through the night and I would sleep from about 9am to 3pm.
But currently it starts with coffee and some computer bs, then throw some tunes on and get back to whatever piece was left the night before. Right now I’m working on a 10 foot canvas on the floor because I don’t have the means of hanging it, but also doing some watercolor pieces on the patio, some mixed media stuff in another room – & also light painting in the living room or on location at night.
- 4. Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?
Long term goal is just to do whatever I want in life and have the means to do it haha.. I have many dream projects. Quick fun fact is that I also produce and DJ electronic music so THE BIG DREAM is to one day play original music and also design, create, and control the visuals live, simultaneously. Many ideas swirling about here, but this vision has been playing over and over again in my head and in my dreams for many years now & I’ll never give up. So you can plop this little interview in front of me few years down the road and be like “ok cool, I get it now”. 😉
- 5.Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?
Whenever it feels right. I’ve done paintings in 20 minutes and other paintings have taken me years to finally finish.
- 6. Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?
- 7. Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?
Absolutely, I’ve already worked on a few projects like this and definitely see this in the future. Drawn to certain stories? I’m not sure. I like Harry Potter.
- 8. Could you explain the use of geometric patterns in some of the murals.
I’m assuming your referring to the symbolism stuff that I’ve been putting out. I’ve always been attracted to sort of ancient hieroglyphics and text, typography, etc. Something grabs me with the composition of the elements and the fact that these texts are so old; & regardless of where they originate, there are similarities. So for me, I was inspired to create my own sort of language/alphabet. Sometimes I’m writing words, and other times, more recently, I’ve just been going with the flow. Disconnecting from the mind and letting the language come freely. I like to let the Universe take control & this part is really hard to explain to people.
- 9. Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?
All the artists that are here participating 😉
- 10. Is the aim of your work to instill any particular beliefs in the audience?
No. The purpose of these works is to ask people how they feel and to energize a space. So beliefs, no – but I want people to feel inspired and to acknowledge and act upon whatever creative energies are burning within them.
- 11. Artists felt a need to go beyond naturalism in art, and like other forms of art and entertainment back in the 80s, Symbolism served as a means of escape. Does this sound like something you relate to? (If yes, give me a little insight into what it means to you).
Absolutely. I don’t know that I would use the word escape though. It’s liberating in the sense that it flows freely and it’s born naturally. I think as human beings we think too much and we attach ourselves to so much bullshit in life and it influences and affects how we feel. So I try to not think so much about every little thing and just flow more naturally; this is the stage my art process is currently at.
- 12. You’ve been in Goa for over a year now, could you give us an insight into your transformational process as an artist.
When I first got here I spent a lot of time feeling it out – I was pretty blown away by Goa actually. I had no idea what it was about. So I dove into the community and met a lot of really special people; a lot of creative people pushing their ideas and passions, which has been quite inspiring. This has also
created many exciting collaborative opportunities for me, outside of fine art, that I’m really looking forward to.
The beautiful thing about the Vaayu Vision Collective and my residency in particular, is that I really had the time and resources to explore many ideas/mediums and develop my styles. Even now, 2 weeks before the show I still find my work evolving. After so many years and so many phases, it’s nice to see where the artwork has traveled and where it’s still heading.
- 13. Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?
I’m really digging the murals right now… but even more so, I’ve begun working with this killer fashion designer here in Goa, Alekai Goldentear – & I think I’m most excited to see where this collaboration goes.
- 14. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators?
My advice is for everyone. Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. The human experience is the most beautiful gift of all and you’ll never truly be happy or content unless you are doing what you love. If you find yourself in a hole, dig yourself out. If you’re lost or can’t seem to pinpoint your purpose or passion, just keep searching, something will stick. It won’t be easy; just the thought of all the work it will take to get to where you want to be can be daunting – but even still, the moment you set your path straight and you are working towards your dreams doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. You’ll find that you have more energy in the day, you’ll be excited and motivated, you’ll be kept up at night inspired by all the things you want to do with your passion. Put everything that you have into it. I used to be so worried about where I was at a certain time or age in my life and I would compare myself to other people and where they were. But fuck all that. I’ve lived an amazing life already and every day I’m grateful. Really what it’s about is this moment. Not the past, not the future, but this moment. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. If you’re doing what you love and you open yourself to the Universe, the world, and this beautiful life, then all you have to do is be yourself, work hard, and your dreams will unfold in front of you.
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