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Being an artist
Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself
I have always been a fan of any type of design. Art helps express who you are, what you feel, and what you think about. Art is more descriptive than words.
What made you decide to take up art?
As a child, I always liked to draw. That continued throughout high school, and college. Now I have continued my passion for design in Graduate school which is where I hope to explore new practices of the ‘Art’.
What training did you have?
Graphic Art, Degree in Landscape Architecture, and a Degree in Urban Design.
What has been your best creative achievement so far?
Designing public spaces for people of different cultures. One of my passions is traveling, and I believe this has helped give me a different perspective for other kinds of Art.
What’s your favourite quote?
‘Art is what you can get away with’ -Warhol
Who is your favourite artist?
What are you aiming for?
To be the designer of tomorrow…
How will you get there?
Dedicate all of my time and energy to learn and study artist and designers before my time.
Is anything holding you back?
The only thing that can hole me back is myself. I wont allow that to happen.
You and art
From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?
It depends on the size of the canvas.
What music do you like to listen to when you work?
Anything that gets my finger in tandem with the paper.
What is next in the pipeline for you?
Finish out grad school, hopefully live abroad for a year practicing within the field of design.
Being inspired by art
Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?
My family, they are my everything.
What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?
Anything I see. The world is a playground for an artist who can receive inspiration from anything.
What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?
A painting I did for a friend when she moved into her new apartment. It took some time to finish, but it was all freehand and told a story in the end.
an artist’s advice
What do you think it takes to make a good an artist?
The desire to explain your thoughts and emotions on paper. Anyone can be an artist with motivation behind them.