What is the best thing that I love about my work? I mix traditional and non-traditional methods, incorporating found objects such as machine parts. My work is meticulous, carefully constructed, representational oil painting, but I love what happens when the combination of these brings about a serendipitous abstraction. I also really love patterns, those that man has made as a byproduct of some other goal and those found in nature. I like to mix the two, they have a similar beauty.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I have realized that happiness does not require a specific achievement or event but an adjustment in perception. When I look around me and when I watch the news, I am reminded that I am very fortunate. I know that often, when I am not happy, it is something I need to work on rather then something that is actually wrong. I think that now that I am not waiting for something to make me happy, I am a more appreciative and happier person.
What is my greatest fear? I have a terrible fear of wasting time.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I would like to worry less and live more often in the moment.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Lee Bontecou, Lezley Saar, Laurie Lipton, Swoon, Kerry James Marshall, Gail Potacki….
What is my greatest extravagance? Alone time.
On what occasion would I lie? I am a horrible and completely unconvincing liar. It gives me terrible stress to lie and is not usually worth it. On rare occasions it does serve a greater good and is sometimes the uncomfortable best choice.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I wish my work took less time to create. Though I have gotten faster over the years I find that if I cut corners, it shows. One of the things that really excites me about my work are the details. I don’t think I could give up my obsessive methods. Maybe it’s time that needs to slow down.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The past six years here in Los Angeles have probably been my best. I finally have a really nice studio and separate wood shop. My work has evolved into something uniquely and comfortably my own. I usually have had a show scheduled to work towards and that is always very helpful to me.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would worry less.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I have two answers here. The first is my last show in the spring because I feel that it was my best work to date. The work seemed to “flow” from me in a way I never experienced, not the actual making of the pieces but the ideas. I think as you get older you become closer to your real self, as you don’t let the superfluous get in your way. The second answer is the simple fact that I am still making art. That is an achievement in and of itself.
Where would I most like to live? Living in a big city gives me energy and motivates me. Though I treasure alone time, I like to know that just outside my door there is a plethora of art, music, food and people. I am really inspired by rural places however. The desert air has a strange silence, and simultaneous noise that works on me like a really good drug, churning out ideas and thoughts without any side affects. Ideally, I would like the opportunity to live part of the year in the desert.
What is my most treasured possession? My house. I worked very hard to get it and as it was extremely dilapidated, I worked even harder to fix it. I think you always appreciate the fruits of the hard-won battles most. I appreciate my home everyday.
What is my most marked characteristic? I have a really good work ethic that comes naturally to me and I am most thankful for it. I am also a good problem solver. I design my pieces without thinking about how I will build them. There are often real obstacles to making the design into a stable object. I really enjoy working on this aspect of the process. Because of this, I am often equally proud of the backsides of my pieces.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The Velaslavasay Panorama. For about ten years it had an installation called the “Effulgence of the North”. Sitting in the tiny old, circular loft space watching the light change on the plaster icebergs along with the strange dripping water sounds took me away from everything in my life. A new exhibit is due to open this year and I hope it will be as magical.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Shin-Sen-Gumi and Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo. Homemade noodles in Japanese soup is my favorite comfort food. I like The Thirsty Crow in Silverlake for a drink. It is dark and the music is good.
What books influenced my life and how? I read to escape my own thoughts so books have allowed me a necessary reprieve in life. The books that have influenced my art have been art books for the most part. I recently bought book called the Codex Seraphinus; an illustrated encyclopedia written in a cipher alphabet. The illustrations are surreal parodies of things that exist in the real world. This book reminded me not to give much weight to outside opinions, stick to my vision and have faith that no matter how weird, it’s going to strike a chord with someone.
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