1. Why are you an artist?
I’ve always figured I started making art because I grew up poor and art gives me one more marketable skill on my resume that is more meritocratic than learned. On the flip, I’ve never trusted an artist that came out of an art school.
2. Is there a concept behind your work? If so, please tell us about it.
I like to make things I find to be aesthetically pleasant. If it doesn’t look good, I’m going to paint over it.
3. Why do you use the medium that you use?
I’ve never had the patience for oil paints; they take too long. Even on arid summer days, you can find me with a hair dryer over my acrylic paintings. I don’t like to put too much thought into my work and I hope it shows.
4. Is your work a diary?
I’ve wondered if in thematics or color choice I might be memetically replicating things I may have seen before. I hope not.
6. What is the role of the artist in our society? and in Oregon?
To counter anything that will lend itself to a slick advertisement.
In Oregon… well, after spending my entire life here, I’ve given up on Portland. Bigger fish to fry, etc.
8. What are your ultimate goals as an artist?
I haven’t thought about that. A new question to ask myself.
9. What does art mean to you?
Untaxed secondary income.