So... tell us about yourself.
I am originally from Trenton Utah but have been living in Salt Lake for 6 years. I am not a full time artist but that is my number 1 goal. Art is constantly on my mind and if it's not art on my mind it's snowboarding or skateboarding. I work as a snowboard instructor at Brighton during the winters and my summer jobs are always different but usually working in a restaurant which is starting to wear on me. Not married but I do have a girlfriend and we have a cat. I love coffee and good beer and my wallet likes cheap beer especially pbr. I am active person and try to do something outside everyday. I am constantly inspired by what's around me whether that be the city or the outdoors. I am a fan of both.
Have you read any good books lately?
Slaughter house 5
Why do you make art?
I love creating! Making art is passion and also good therapy. I love the process of making art and I love giving people something cool to look at. Making people think and challenging ideas with art is always a bonus. I like many styles of art but mostly any type of figure drawings and graffiti. My favorite art to see is really creative art, things that I would never think of to do and things I have never seen whatever style it may be in. A good art session is when I get so involved in my art I forget everything on my mind and I forget time. When I can be in the moment is when art is the best and when I create the pieces I am most proud of and attached too. I don't know if I am ever sure a piece is done. When I can't think of anything else to add to a piece I set in aside for a week or so where I can see it. If after some time passes and I can't think of anything else to add it usually seems done. When I get frustrated with a piece that isn't working I just scribble over it and start new. Sometimes the scribbles make it better.
Did you study art in school?
Photography classes in high school and some digital art classes in college. I'm mostly self taught especially when it comes to traditional media such as ink, graphite and paint.
How much time do you get to spend making art?
Not enough. I make it a goal to draw everyday. One of the biggest reasons I want to be a full time artist is to have more time to create.
How do you think we, as artists, can grow the "art scene" in Utah? If we get together as a group, what can we do to help ourselves?
Grouping together is good. Marketing not only yourself but other artist as well. The more we support each other hopefully the more the rest of the public will support us. Organizing more group events and galleries maybe pop-up galleries. It is great to see more murals going up around the city. The more we are surrounded by art the more we will value it.
How do you get through creative blocks?
When I don't feel creative but I still want to do art I practice gesture or portrait drawings. Also watching art documentaries on youtube, skateboard and snowboard movies. Lots and lots of music!!!
How do you balance time between making art and marketing art?
I'm just learning the marketing side. Almost all of my marketing is done on instagram. I spend way more time creating, learning and polishing my skills than I do marketing. On my list of things to do is to get a website and a business card.