Can you describe your creative process? Where do you start, what do you usually have on or around you, and how do you work?
I think a lot before I work, about things I see, overhear, or experience. That’s how I spend most of my time.
The ideas I have for drawings often come from different observations and I have to figure out how to pair them together.
Occasionally the words and pictures come to me all at once, which is a real treat. The physical part of my work doesn’t take long, but it’s the result of carefully distilled thought process.
When I sit down to work I’m usually at my desk in my apartment, listening to music and trying to do 2 or 3 other things at the same time. Working at night is preferable; I’ve always felt most like myself when it’s dark out.
You’ve dipped your toes in multiple mediums, including drawings, posters, collages, digital art, public art, and tattoo. What medium makes you happiest to see as an expression of your work?
I really enjoy collage work a lot more than might be evident when looking at everything I’ve done. I like the technical aspects of it — aligning colours, shapes, and images to form a delicate balance. I think I work best with small drawings; they most clearly communicate what I am trying to say, but collage work has always been something that I’ve wanted to do more of.
What do you do to get out of a creative slump?
I wait for it to pass. There have been months where I don’t draw or make anything at all. I have gotten better about not letting these periods bum me out or make me feel like I’ve lost something, especially since the ideas eventually come back. It just comes and goes sometimes, you know? There’s not much you can do but ride it out.