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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I was raised in a small town in Arizona, and just recently moved to Nevada where I will stay before I go to college.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I really like paranormal/supernatural aspects that are combined with cuter, more suburban things. Like having ghosts in streetwear and skateboarding. I love witches and often find myself drawing magical elements into my art.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?My favorite medium is a toss-up between watercolor and copic markers. If I’m working traditionally those two mediums are always the first thing I grab! If I’m working digitally I use an app I have on my IPad.
4. What is your artistic process like?I find that with my creative process my ideas are best when they happen naturally. If I try to force something it won’t be as good as letting ideas come naturally. I’ll usually sit down and think up something out-of-the-blue and try to build off of that. For example; I created this piece of a teenage girl in a supermarket with her ghoul dad, and from there I expanded it into an entire town of weird things happening all the time such as skateboarding ghosts or a neighboring witch coven. Sort of like a town that a conspiracy theorist would be drawn to.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I love fashion so I like to add streetwear to all of my characters. It helps play into how I want my art to be perceived; lots of creepy things but with cute elements as well. I follow a lot of art blogs too, so regularly viewing my favorite artists’ work helps me to get inspired and amped up for my own art! I’m very big into witches and magical elements so that takes up the majority of my artwork nowadays.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Art is the biggest part of my life, for sure. I’ll spend 10+ hours a day just working on pieces! I find that being an artist can be a curse as well as a blessing, though. It really bums me out to hear people often say to me, ‘Wow I wish I could draw’ or ‘I suck at drawing I’m so jealous’. I always reply by saying that everyone can draw and that all art is beautiful because beauty is subjective. It’s true! Even if I don’t like drawing, someone in the world will find it beautiful! Don’t feel so down on your own artwork because there will always be people who like it!
7. Where did you study?So far, I’m self-taught. I plan to major in Illustration in college.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?In five years I hope to be starting on my career, as I’ll just recently have been out of college.
9. What about in ten?In ten years I would love to have my own graphic novel(s), clothing line, and art books! Even one of those things would be a dream come true.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I’m a storyteller at heart, so I want to be able to tell stories with my artwork. I would love to create a world and characters within it that people can relate to and aspire to be like. To be able to change someone’s life through my art would be so awesome.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I love pizza and french fries!
12. Favourite book?The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
13. Favourite genre of music?Indie folk music!
14. What are your hobbies?I love art, of course. I like embroidery and sewing, too. I love to read, watch movies, write, and DIY. I love to craft anything I can! Pins, pottery, decor, etc. Baking is something I love to do as well!
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?If I weren't an artist I would like to pursue writing novels.