What’s your story?
I am a painter from Chula Vista, CA with big dreams. I grew up in a single-parent home. My mom worked full time as a nurse, so I was a latchkey kid. I moved to the Teton Valley area for a while during high school, as well as Sun Valley, Idaho. I’m in Paia, Hawaii for now.
My father committed suicide caused by Bipolar Disorder when I was a baby. I share the diagnosis. I was labeled as a problem child and didn’t do well in high school. Report cards noted: “doesn’t use time wisely.” I always wanted to be somewhere else.
I graduated from Boise State University in 2014, and travelled around the world for a few years working with philanthropic organizations or scuba diving. I’ve tried out various professions, but none worked out aside from artist. I garden and hike. Science enthralls me. I am in love with the Cosmos, and hold the mysteries of the universe in the highest regard.
How do you find inspiration?
My work has evolved over time because I am evolving over time. Culture, science, the nature of existence, color, and place all play some role in the work. Mania probably has something to do with it. Sometimes I’m not inspired to paint at all, but I’d feel awful if I didn’t. Sometimes I feel like I’m just a vessel for the work to get through.
What is your favorite room in the house?
Probably my lanai (porch) – it’s the spot to chill out after a long day of work. We can catch some of the sunsets from there, and I can work on my garden when the conversation gets boring. Good friends good and vibes out there.
What is your favorite food?
Carne Asada Fries from Lolita’s Taco shop in Chula Vista and tangerine popsicles.
What is your next purchase?
A high-quality record player set up with nice speakers all through my house and a bunch of records.
Do you have any favorite artists?
Eugene R. Coles, Joan Mitchell, Jenny Saville, Jane Frank, Amy Sillman, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Loie Hollowell… too many really to name. Maybe humanity is my favorite artist. Does that count?
Twitter or Instagram?
Twitter. I have less followers, and speak more freely there.
What would you tell your next buyers?
I’d tell them to take good care of my work. I see these works as pieces of me, as well as the time I’ve poured into them. I can’t ever get that time back, so please, just be kind to the work and keep it safe.
What’s on your playlist?
Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, The Beatles, Zepplin, Gary Clark Jr., Bill Withers, Ella Fitzgerald, the Lo-Fi Beats playlist on Spotify, Manatee Commune. I’ve been listening to a lot of new hip-hop and t/rap on SoundCloud lately….
Where can we find you next?
I moved into a studio in the Pauwela Cannery, Haiku, HI in Oct. 2019. I also had my first NYC show at the end of 2019. I’ll be in Joshua Tree with the Kipaipai Fellows in October of 2020, and hopefully reopening my studio once Hawaii re-opens after the pandemic. You can also find me all over the internet. I’m on too many social media channels to remember, and update them all sporadically.