q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.
a)I was born in
Bachelors of Fine Arts degree I painted portraits and murals and
worked in the graphic arts field. 15 years ago I moved to the town
where my mother was born.
q) Had you always planned on being an artist [or had you other hopes]?
a)I've always been and will be an artist first and foremost. I started drawing
and painting since I was 5 or 6 years old. And received accolades from
almost everyone who saw my work. Which in turn reinforced my need to create them.
q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?
a)I put down my paint brushes in 1999 to work digitally. I felt was a new
medium for our age and best expressed my art philosophy that art history
as a linear progression has reached an end by fulfilling its goals. Leaving us
only to keep reworking the art of the past by exploring new mediums
q) How would you describe your style?
a)My work is a mash-up of appropriated images creating new
Gods, Goddesses and Deities. Demons and Angels, Saints and Sinners.
And generally images that arouse contemplation, mystery and hopefully
conversation. My methods employ sampling, cutting and pasting images
from a variety of paintings, photographs and scanned in objects.
Recombinant re-workings of old art and themes into new icons.
q) Do you go through any certain processes while trying to produce your work?
a)I usually have an image in my mind that inspires me. (actually I always
have a few of these backlogged). But the end result is a total surprise to me.
Sometime shockingly so. I hunt and scour for images to sample, finding surprises
along the way. I suppose you can call the process is combination of intuition,
sub-conscious seepage, and accidental serendipity.
q) What are you working on at present?
a)I've left creating images of religious criticism and am now exploring art criticism.
I hate being so specific in interpreting my work. How the viewer interprets my work
is much more important.
q) What about recent sources of inspirations?
a)Art philosophy, art history.
q) What are some of your obsessions?
a)wine, women & music.
q) Which galleries have you shown at and which galleries would you like to show at?
a)Jennie Cooly Gallery
National Hispanic Cultural Center
I would like to start showing outside of
q) If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?
q) Do you have any suggestions or advice for artists that are just starting out?
a)Do your art for the love of it not to get rich. And to get rich invest your money in assets not liabilities.
q) Who are your favorite artists?
a)Raphael, Hieronymus Bosch, Picasso,
q) What books are on your nightstand?
a)The 4 hour work week, Tim Ferris. I am secretly an important man, Steven Jesse Bernstein. Ubik, Philip K. Dick
q) To what weaknesses are you most indulgent?
a)My obsessions (see above)