great day will be me getting up at about 6:30am. The house is always
quiet at that time, so I can get some writing done or work on some stuff for
love to cook, so a good day would include planning and preparing a nice meal
that I am hopefully sharing with a few friends--and opening a few bottles of
wine. I also usually try to spend some time in my studio working on my
q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that
contribute to your art?
grew up in Salinas, California
which is very close to Monterey and 100 miles south of San Francisco. I’ve spent
just about the same amount of years in San Francisco,
New York City and now Baltimore; I guess I am inspired by my own
movement. The idea of staying in one place too long bores me and I start
getting a bit agitated. Baltimore
has contributed more to my overall creativity because there are fewer
distractions than larger cities and less of a rat race experience which leaves
more time to think about being creative.
q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?
don’t know that this inspired me to create, but I remember as a very young
child, looking at a photo of Picasso’s Les
Demoiselles d’Avignon and being totally confused and mesmerized by it. I
didn’t understand it, but I think I liked it…I couldn’t stop looking at
it. I guess the easy answer is that I always preferred art class to
anything else and spent a lot of time drawing, which I never do now.
q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.
a)As it relates to the collage work I’ve been doing for the last couple of
years, it’s been a really rewarding experience to step away from digital design
and go completely analog and handmade.
Over the years, I have amassed a pretty large collection of old paper,
magazines and various bits of ephemera, so what I typically do is sit at my
work table and almost randomly pull something from one of the piles of paper
around me and just wait to get inspired by something. From there it
becomes more about finding the right components to add to what I’ve
started. Sometimes things come together quickly and other times it will
take hours to find the right little scrap of paper to finish a piece off.
also start pieces and set them aside until I see a use for incorporating them
into something later. I have a whole bunch of piles and small boxes of
half ideas that I can pull from and use when the need arises. It really
is like a puzzle sometimes to make everything fit the way you want it to.
q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?
look at what I do as my own visual language—like each collage is its own
marketing piece. I like to say that I consume and regurgitate everything I take
in visually. I translate what I already find in print and turn it into a
product or design that is much more appealing to me in its new form.
hope people can see and appreciate the language I am putting forth and enjoy
this aesthetic as uniquely my own.
q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?
wish my dog would make me some coffee. I am sick of winter. What new
projects can I start? What can I make for dinner? I need to update my
website and make art. It’s a continuous cycle of what…where…how…who.
q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?
at all. Currently I am working a lot on my collage work, but my creative output
includes photography and events. I co-ran a gallery in Baltimore for a while and worked as a visual
arts director doing major outdoor installations with other artists. I
want to take www.homoarts.com
more into the realm of publishing and events and I love collaborating with
other artists, so that pretty much leaves all possibilities on the table.
q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?
vital to MY survival..that’s
for sure. It’s just something I need to do. I love helping other
artists…promoting their work, talking about it and whatnot, but I also need to
produce my own because it’s the pure thing I can offer that is just from me
without anyone else fussing over it. It allows me to really ‘check out’… when I
am making art it’s the closest I can get to feeling in a zen place. I suck at
meditating and this is as close as I can get to it.
q) Describe a world without art.
is joyless. It is not being allowed to creatively thrive when you have
something worthwhile to offer. It is soul-crushing to those who need to create
and are somehow deprived of it. And for those who say they don’t appreciate it,
their worlds would suck if they couldn’t reap the rewards provided by artists.
q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.
a)A secret…for as sociable as I can be, I often prefer to be alone.
currently obsessed with reality cooking shows, homoarts.com and getting through all 692
episodes of Prisoner: Cell Block H…they’re all streaming online and I am
currently on episode 133!
q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?