So... tell us about yourself.
I was born in Montana, raised in Colorado and moved to Utah at 15. I attended the University of Utah to study environmental science and join the Peace Corp, but before finishing, I did a 180 and got married instead. After owning my own business for 9 years, I went to work for another company as a Creative Director with a focus on product development. I am really frustrated with the independent, isolating, fear based culture we live in, in the US and feel driven to rebel by pursuing a life of love, art, human connection, nature and experience.
Why do you make art?
As weird as it sounds, I think I make art because I want to be close to artists. If the President were walking down the sidewalk I'd think "huh, that's President" but when I walked into an Anthropolgie a couple years ago and there was this guy building an ostrich out of old book pages, I could hardly contain myself...he was my brand of Superstar. People who create beautiful and magical things out of raw materials and an idea are, to me, the coolest people on the planet. I also make art because it's one of the rare things I have in my life that is, in a material way, basically useless. I can get really burnt out, melodramatic and down on the world if I feel like every minute of my day is spent on paying bills, being responsible, and cleaning my house. I need art, in all forms, and the people who create it.
Who are your favorite artists?:
Oh man, there is so much great stuff out there, I could not begin to list my favorite artists, it would be an endless list... but if I could only name a few they would be Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Vincent Van Gogh, Jack Johnson, Dolan Geiman, Thomas Campbell, Thérèse Murdza, Oliver Jeffers, Pam Garrison, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Hyunmee Lee, Joseph Allman... I could go on and on.
Have you read any good books lately?
I am usually listening to a book when I'm making art. It occupies the judgey, critical, asshole half of my brain that would otherwise stop me from making anything cause "who the hell to I think I am anyway". Recent favorites have been Tribe by Sebastian Junger, You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, A Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris, Just Kids by Patti Smith, The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, and Life by Keith Richards.
How do you get through creative blocks?
I get blocked and frustrated when I take it to seriously and start thinking about what I SHOULD make rather than what I want to make. Sometimes I can talk myself out of it and remind myself that I'm doing this for me, there's nothing to prove and my only requirement is that I enjoy the process. If that doesn't work, I just put it away for a while and give it some space.
How do you balance time between making art and marketing art?: They kinda of balance themselves I guess. I generally do the work of art, things like photographing new work and getting it up online when the art making just isn't flowing. Self promotion is the hardest part of being an artist for me, I'm not comfortable doing it so I really have to challenge myself to stick my neck out there and create opportunities to show my work.