If you could talk to any artist, alive or passed, who would it be?
Leonardo da Vinci. Not only was he an amazing artist, he was an amazing thinker and creator. It would be a blast to pick his brain and find out what kind of person he really was.
What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
Coming up with new ideas. I’m really hard on myself about how I create a new painting or drawing. I always want the next thing I create to be brand new. I love the feeling I get when I experience something for the first time. I want to give others that same feeling when they look at my new work.
How do you break through creative blocks?
I used to experience creative blocks almost daily. I constantly felt like I wasn’t doing enough or what I create wouldn’t be as good as the last thing I made. But recently, I took a big break from making art and tried to understand why this happens not only to me, but other artists. I concluded that creative blocks are part of the process. They’re your brain and soul telling you that you might need to take a step back and let your creative juices regenerate. Watch TV, practice guitar, play some video games, get some extra sleep. Then, come back when you feel truly inspired and ready to create.
What are you most proud of?
This may sound cheesy: I’m most proud of everyone who’s managed to get through 2020. It’s been hard on everyone. Life has been flipped upside down. It takes a lot of guts togo outside, put on a mask, and try our best with this new normal.