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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I’m from a little town called brush praire, washington, usa. Storywise….i’m just a regular type dude with a couple dogs. Five dogs.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.That’s a hard one, having to explain why my stuff looks the way it does. I have a lot of good memories from childhood, and I think a lot of the work i make nowdays is trying to capture that era or feeling.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?Screenprinted pieces seem to be what i enjoy the most, though the mass produced aspect is probably a big part of that. I’m a big fan of stickers, tshirts, comic books...just anything that they make copies of, being accessible to people. Almost the propaganda aspect of it, in a weird way.
4. What is your artistic process like?Start with a sketch of an idea, keep getting it to a point you’re happy with. Eventually I take it digital and finish it up that way, easy to make changes if the client needs em. Email roughs to the client, then finalizing it and sending it off to the printer.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?Pretty much anything we see day to day, its easy to take inspiration from a tshirt a kid might be wearing in an old photograph, or from a video game, or from a cereal box. Artist wise, too many to list, lots of old comic book artists that I grew up on, lots of current screenprinter / poster artists working today.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Well, its kinda what I do for a living, so its on my mind a lot. We can’t help but take in everything we’re always seeing, filing it away as life experiences, ideas, random thoughts. How does it affect how I see the world...good question. I guess it personally gives me hope, in myself and my fellow humans.
7. Where did you study?Clark Community College for 2 years, Western Washington University for 3 years.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?No, probably not. I’m pretty much a full time...illustrator / drawer (that draws, not that you store clothes in). Most agencies don’t need a full time one of those. Freelance / having your own business deal is usually the way to go. Or it works for me I guess.
9. What about in ten?Man, the deep questions. In ten years I will be in super great shape, eating super healthy, living the good life. Or I’ll be dead in a forgotten cave somewhere in the mountains. Its pretty exciting, we’ll see how it turns out!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I enjoy hearing from people how something I did cheered them up, made them feel better, helped them out. If I can do that full time, and provide for my family in the process, I’m doing pretty good.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Man, I have a bit of a compulsion about food, I can’t really stop eating things I like until I stop liking them. My wife used to make this Mac and Cheese dish and I would ask for it every night for 6 months. Eventually I got burned out on it. Now the only things I really enjoy eating are things I shouldn’t eat, like things with lots of sugar in them. So, to answer your question, my favorite food is a well balanced nutritional food that sustains me til the next meal.
12. Favourite book?I just read ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ and it was pretty great. Favorite book of all time? I have no idea. I read ‘The Shipping News’ pretty much every year, or 2 years.
13. Favourite genre of music?I listen to 80’s heavy metal or folk music from the 60’s. Or the soundtracks to movies I enjoyed. I have bad taste in music.
14. What are your hobbies?Spending time with my kids, and my dogs. Repairing vintage G.I.Joes from the 80’s.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?A doctor that fixes people’s brains. A cowboy in the old west. Someone who travels the world eating different types of food and giving my opinion on not just the food but the culture as well. An investor in Microsoft in the late 70’s. So many regrets!