EDUCATION: Columbus College of Art and Design
ORIGIN: CLEVELAND, OH
Q: What do you like to depict in your artwork of the most?
In my artwork, I like to show my appreciation for women. Not only women, but also how the use of color can simply translate a message. It can be any message, but I admire beauty. I also like weird things, so sometimes I like to show the idea of irrationality. Sometimes, my work can be psychological with hidden symbolism and connections.
Q: What inspires your art?
Things that inspire my art are natural things such as trees, flowers, and the human body. I’m also inspired by things like fashion, vibrant colors, old folklore stories, and creepy things like the paranormal.
Q: What purpose does art serve for you?]
Art gives me the opportunity to speak without having to use words. Sometimes, the things that go on in my head don’t make a lot of sense, so it’s easier for me to illustrate it in an artistic way. Art gives me all the freedom I yearn for. It’s a liberating feeling every time I create. My main purpose for the art I make is to connect with people who may feel as if they cannot express how they feel. I want my art to inspire others who think they don’t have a voice. Art heals me, so I know it can heal others.
Q: What is your favorite art medium?
There’s so many! The main mediums I use are acrylic, oil, and some watercolor paints. Also, I love working with charcoal for my drawings along with regular graphite pencils.
Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?
My future goals and aspirations are to travel the world showcasing my work, because my content is very relatable to so many people all over. I love geography so to travel and share what I’ve done would be the greatest thing to happen to me. I also would love to be a filmmaker. Directing is something I also take seriously. I love directing music videos and short films. I want to brand myself as an artist who can pretty much do it all. Ideally, I want to be a multi media artist.
Q: What do you like most about spring?
Oh, spring! I love the fresh crisp air, and how the flowers start to bloom again. The trees softly blowing from the winds, the big baby blue sky and the cotton candy clouds. Most of all, you can see a shift in people’s spirits and motivation when spring comes, which makes me so excited.
Q: What spring fashion trend are you ready to bust out?
I am heavily inspired by the 60s, 70s and 90s era of fashion. I absolutely love colored high waisted shorts, striped patterns, halter tops, jean skirts, and pastel colored tank tops.
Q: Who is your favorite artist? Why?
I have so many favorite artists that the list is on-going. Recently, I have been obsessed with the artist Leonor Fini. She was a French surrealist artist and designer. A lot of her content had to do with women empowerment and showing dominance in femininity. However, what I love the most about her work is how surreal her paintings were. Her color palette was well thought out and consistent. She was an artist who took over a male dominated field, and she did it with style!
Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?
Through my art, I want to communicate that you are not less of a human for having complex emotions. It’s a part of life. I want to communicate this to women, especially, because we are frequently criticized for being “too emotional”. Really, women are the strongest when it comes to handling these things, but because we have a mindset that we must be strong for those around us andare natural nurturers, we forget to take care of ourselves mentally. I want my work to give people a comfort feeling as if they are not alone.
Q: Describe your work in 3 words.
Bold, dark, ethereal.
Q: What is the most creative thing you have ever done?
I made a lamp out of paper once, and a mirror out of cardboard!
Q: If you weren’t an artist, what would be your plan B?
If I wasn’t an artist, I would be a therapist, because I absolutely love helping and guiding others to the path of peace. I believe I have a gift to connect with anyone in a way that makes them feel some type of freedom.
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