We are thrilled to share that we have acquired the popular local interview blog San Jose Creatives. We are proud to carry on their mission of interviewing the diverse and abundant creative community of Santa Clara County. We will be featuring a new artist every month and changing things up a little bit by asking some new questions and adding lots of images to each interview.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc.
My abstract expressionist style is most commonly executed on canvas and wood panels. Acrylic paint, texture medium, paper and other ephemera allow for experimentation and exploration. My inspiration comes from the “texture of life”. The essence of nature and architecture, as well as cultural symbols are captured from my travels. I’m always exploring new ways in which to convey my intent.
What are your biggest challenges in creating art?
Because of my experimental nature in my studio practice, the process can be frustrating and time-consuming. But when I discover a successful result, it’s intoxicating!
What is a day of working like in your studio/creative space? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
I begin my day with a feeling of gratitude. To be living my dream is something I don’t take for granted. When I step into my studio, I immediately turn on music. Sometimes it’s lively Latin to get the juices flowing, sometimes zen and puts me in a mindful state.
When you are in need of inspiration are there particular things you read, listen to, look at or do to help find that idea or fuel your work?
I visit many galleries and museums in my own area and when we travel. I attend many art talks and receptions. Immersing myself in the local art scene invigorates me. The internet provides a wealth of information from which to be inspired. I try to read up on an art movement or particular artist. My most recent inspirations are Antonie Tapies and Alselm Kiefer.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I served in the US Navy for 6 years. My gypsy spirit and interest in travel were the motivators. As it turned out, I didn’t travel much while serving, but it was a great experience, nonetheless.
What advice would you give others just beginning their creative careers?
Identify what you want in this life as an artist. To define your goals and expectations is paramount in making good decisions to achieve them. Do what it takes to make it happen. Get involved!