A Look into Studio 224What is your process like?
Which artist have inspired and influenced you the most?
"Working from live models, I create drawings that become the inspiration behind my mixed media collages. Other than the figurative beginning, I like to allow ideas to surface during the process of creating the piece. It is an organic process that evolves as I draw the model and later build on the work in my studio."
If you could arrange a studio visit with any artist, dead or alive, who would you visit and why?
"Well known artists such as Schiele, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso,
Contemporary artists such as Jenny Seville, James Jean, Barbara Rogers, Fiona Rae
To name a few"
What did you listen to on the way to work today?
"So hard to answer this one.
There are so many artists but my top two would be Van Gogh (because I just finished reading his letters to Theo and I would love to meet him), but to discuss art, I would have to pick Matisse.
I love his playful yet deadly serious approach to art; his courage and willingness to experiment; his use of pure color and the way he breaks up space.
He breaks down everything to its purest element."
What do you love about the art world? What do you hate about?
What is something people don't know about you?
"What I love….The ability to create and that I have fellow creators everywhere who are willing to share their work and are in the struggle with me. They go to their studios every day and wrestle with a painting.
I love to be able to go to museums and see work that has been preserved for centuries and go to galleries and see the latest experiments.
What I hate…I wouldn’t use the word hate, but I dislike that sometimes it seems to be a popularity contest. I like to socialize but I need quiet and reflection in order to be innovative so it’s always a conflict to get it all done."
"I have a diverse cultural background and speak three languages."