So, you were born in Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles, where you are currently based. When did you first “find” art?
I am based in Los Angeles and Maui, currently in LA. I found art as a child. My Mom taught me how to draw.
You’ve said that your childhood has influenced your artwork heavily. What are some memorable moments you have from your childhood with a connection to art?
Bike rides, walking over to visit friends early in the morning through a thin veil of fog, playing basketball, venturing through densely overgrown brush, making fictitious headquarters, and launching water balloons on the town below.
Water balloons? Did you ever get caught?
Never. We were just too good, or maybe no one really cared. I hope for the latter.
If you ever get tired of being an artist, professional water balloon launcher sounds like a viable alternative for a career.
(laughs) It would be a really cool job. Cold, or warm.
If you need a partner, I’ll be here. So, let’s talk about your process. You start out with an illustration, and then upload that to the computer?
I draw and paint everything by hand. This is important because the computer can, at times, make your artwork feel cold, speaking of temperature. It also enables me to free myself up. The next part is scanning hi-res and sometimes tiling together to complete larger works. The characters and backgrounds are scanned in separately so I have more flexibility to change an arrangement if I feel it is necessary.
So, the characters and backgrounds are drawn separately?
Yes. The only time I get to see them together is once I have combined all the elements in PS. I also never make sketches so it literally is the first time I have seen the image I am creating outside of my head.
Do you visualize a final product before hand, or do you see a character, and then envision other pieces after?
I see the entire image. They move, so I have to do my best and capture the painting using a still from that image to best describe what I am trying to express. It’s exactly like watching a movie and freeze framing it.
Speaking of movies, you currently work in the film industry, yes?
Currently in television and commercials. I also co-produced a documentary entitled ‘Art Recession’. It’s now on Hulu.