BiRTHPLACE: Akron, OH
Q: What do you like to depict in your photos the most?
Q: What inspires your art?
A: Almost anything, I’m very easily inspired.
Q: What purpose does art serve for you?
A: Art gives me an outlet to express myself and communicate my feelings to the outside world.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to photograph?
A: People. They’re so transformative, you can make them into anything.
Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?
A: Immortality. I just want to create things that last.
Q: What is your favorite thing about summer?
A: I love the sun, it gives me natural light and shadows to play with.
Q: Who is your favorite designer, artist, and/or photographer? Why?
A: I’ll give you all three.
Favorite designer: Charles and Ray Eames, they were always experimenting and trying new things, and they created a lot of things with no reference point going against the norm of their time.
Favorite Artist: Kerry James Marshall, his art is simply moving to me. My favorite piece of his is Vignette #13 it depicts two lovers holding hands.
Favorite Photographer: Harley Weir, she makes me feel emotions through her work, I feel like it’s so hard to accomplish that through photography. I also love her use of colors, light, and shadows. Her pictures have a sense of dreamy fantasy to them but also being real enough to empathize with.
Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?
A: I just want to be able to move people. If you feel anything from my work even if you’re disgusted by it, I’d feel accomplished. You know how people say a picture is worth 1000 words, I really want people to feel the weight of those 1000 words represented by photographs.
Q: Describe your work in 3 words.
A: Beauty, Curious and Colorful.
Q: How has photography impacted your life?
A: It’s made me pay a lot more attention to the details.
Q: What is the most creative thing you have ever done?
A: I made a book for 24 Karat Posse. Like I did all the binding and everything, it was cool. We didn’t even sell them we just gave them away. I have a copy and Larry has a copy if anyone wants to see it.
Q: What would they serve you at your ideal summer cookout?
A: I’m a vegetarian so definitely grilled zucchini.