Chuck Close once said, “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work.” What are your thoughts on that statement? That probably worked for him; I guess it’s applicable when your art depends mostly on technique rather than imagination. Do you feel pressure as a full-time artist to be creative all the time? Yes, I sometimes feel guilty for not having a full-time job like most people do. I get panicky when I hit a creative plateau or even worse, a creative block. It’s the worst feeling: having no purpose, all is futile, we’re all gonna die, what is the meaning of all of this, did I lose my imagination and appetite for painting forever… but I think everyone gets through these fits, right?! How would you describe your personal style? I would say I’m a nature-loving, all-black, conscientious nomad. Do you have any daily rituals? A set schedule or workflow? Nope, I’m pretty random. But when I do have to work and I’m excited by the project I usually do that all day, and forget about stuff like eating, socializing or sleeping. Are you able to ignore your inner critic? I rely on my inner critic – we’re best frenemies. How do you feel when you’re in a creative zone and things are truly flowing? I just get lost in it – like I’m connected to some energy source and a really good shrink at the same time.
This interview was conducted fall 2014.