A lot of what being an artist means to me is pursuing the questions and challenges of art - what it is, what it can be, how it can be received, and what value to the world it brings. The nature of creating visual art is a process that in itself creates its own directions. This unanswered curiosity in the process, allows new perspectives and ideas to be presented that are often not preconceived. And the signature of the artists' brushstrokes are important as well.
Pursuing my artistic interests at the Atlanta College of Art was an excellent time where I was trained by very amazing professional artists, and learned traditional techniques involving all visual art mediums. I began college studying film and animation, then later changed my major to illustration and design. I was excited learning as much as I could and discovering unknown fields and history of so many types of visual creation that opened many doors. Toward the end of my school career, my strengths became most realized, as being, character design, industrial design, concept illustration, and sculpting. Art school was very difficult as well but the knowledge and experiences were certainly worth the time. I received my BFA in fine arts with honors majoring in illustration and design, and minoring in film production.
After graduation I worked as a graphic designer and my experience there still remains among the best times of my career. It was a great learning experience and I met some great people whom I'm still friends with today. What I also discovered however was how important it was for me to create my own work independently outside of my job. Unfortunately though I could never seem to find time the time for my projects. I ultimately decided after almost two years with the company that I wanted to begin my own business freelancing as an independent artist.
I moved back to Atlanta and began working in a fine arts material store and also part time as an instructor for an art academy. In all the time I could find I spent painting. From working at the art store which was also a very great experience I acquired extensive knowledge about all art materials, and gained insight from professional working artists that came in. I also was hooked up with significant discounts on art materials and often times free.
Developing aesthetics and an artistic style unique to myself was very challenging. I experienced a lot of frustration with painting, discouragement throughout the process, and all the while making seriously huge sacrifices in life. The conflict was unquestionably the most difficult, and unpredictable. But I think partly not knowing was at least some of the point. Artists are required to go above and beyond creating something from nothing, making it good, and then usually starting over again to make it into something new and better. At least I'm an artist in that category.
I’m glad to say that I live a much more balanced lifestyle as an artist these days. I still face challenges, but not struggling like I had to in the beginning. I currently live in Asheville and work in my studio about 3 days a week. I like finding new places to display my artwork, and connecting with new people through the voice of visual art. Thank you for reading a little bit about my story. I hope that you enjoy viewing my work.
Thank you for your interest in learning a little about my journey. I hope my work inspires your day