You have always been interested in art and for the most part have been self taught; how did you learn the skills you use in your drawings?
Yes I’ve been an art nerd as long as I can remember. Any skills I’ve acquired has been through good old fashioned practice.
Both of your parents are artists, what style of artwork did they do?
Both my parents were artists, my mother was more abstract, and surrealistic. While my father was into illustrative fantasy.
How did your parent’s style of art influence your own artwork?
I would look at their portfolio’s and remember just being in awe. I wanted to be able to do what they did. My father did most of his work in ink/marker. So naturally that’s where I started as he was my biggest influence as a kid. I tried to replicate his style and approach, but like any artist I evolved and found my own artistic voice the more I created. I’ve always had this desire to learn. I wanted to pack as much arty knowledge in my head as I could.
For me the best way to do that way just experiment- to try it all. The more I dabbled in other mediums, the more knowledge I gained that I could then carry into the next medium. My parents styles were just that first stepping stone to helping me find out my own direction.
Before going in the direction of full time artist you were a tattoo artist; how did the skills you learned in your tattoo apprenticeship help you in your artwork?
Tattooing helped me take art seriously. Before that I didn’t see art as a viable career path. It also taught me patience and planning. I used to just doodle with no direction before tattooing. It helped me assess tones and values; as well as overall flow and composition. Also like any medium you put work into the more it will improve your over all art skills. I found I wasn’t struggling as much with basics like proportions or lighting.