When did you first start making things?
I started drawing as soon as I learned how to hold a crayon. My fascination with portraiture began in the Catholic Church; my mom gave me paper and pencil (the only thing that got me to sit still and be quiet during mass) I would sit backwards using the pew as my desk and draw the faces behind me.
What inspires you to create?
Beauty and turmoil
People. They are just so interesting.
What helps you stay motivated?
Coffee, mate, going to art galleries and museums.
How do you keep balanced?
Surfing and yoga, my friends who tell me to relax, chilaquiles, and Moto rides.
How have you overcome fear/rejection to get where you are now?
Focusing on the process and..
Reading books by Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert about fear, vulnerability and the creative process taught me to place greater value on authenticity.
An Anais Nin quote:
And then the day came
When the risk
To remain tight
In a bud
Was more painful
Than the risk
What project or upcoming event are you most excited about right now?
I'm excited about my latest project, illustrating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorder 5 to meld together my dual professional identities as art therapist/artist. I plan to submit this body of work to the American Art Therapy Association's Conference and to offer a printed version of the manual. I am also excited to be showing work at Providence Portland hospital featuring artwork created on live edge wood slabs. (work featured in photos 2 - 7 of this post)
Artists/Creators/Inventors that have helped shape your work?
Camille Rose Garcia
What are you most curious about at the moment?
Hahaha the DSM 5
I'm also curious about neuropsychology
Tunes that keep your in flow while creating?
I'm also a podcast junkie (this American life, the Ted radio hour, the moth, radio lab, reply all, on being, the Savage lovecast)
How has traveling helped form you?
Costa Rica- enjoying the simple and good in life: surf, sun, friends, nature, food and culture. Their motto, Pura Vida, is a relaxed, simple way of looking at life. No worries, no fuss, no stress—pura vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I'd head somewhere tropical where the waves are good and the boys are easy on the eyes!
But fo real- Norway??