I am currently working towards my bachelors of fine art but will soon be applying for the fine arts program at MSU.
What started you on the road of printmaking/photography?
I never really considered any form of 2d art when I was younger because I am awful at drawing, but I took a summer printmaking class and fell in love the variety of methods and techniques that Printmaking had to offer.
What inspires you as an artist?
I get most of my ideas from nature, but not the pretty flowers and cute little bunnies. I like to use the things that most people would find unappealing. Dead bugs, road kill, and weeds are the things that maybe aren't aesthetically pleasing to most but I like to find a way where I can make it so. Everything has a purpose in life even the rotting and decayed, and I like to make them into something beautiful.
What projects are you working on at present?
I've recently learned how to produce cyanotypes and I really like the image that the plants produce when I apply them directly to the paper for a photogram. I'm also working with small birds and well, running their bones through the press to make a sort of embossment on the paper. I also am beginning to print several small plates onto a larger paper as somewhat of a organize collage.
What is special about printmaking/photography?
I really enjoys the process. I'm a very tactile person so I like the preparation of the plates and the design of each piece.
What is your favorite printmaking/photo process, and why?
I'm a pig fan of soft ground, I think it's so intriguing how delicate and detailed you can get an image by a direct impression from your object.
What is your favorite color?
I am a big fan of earth tones, but I also really like purple.
What is your favorite paper and/or ink?
I wish I knew more about the inks and paper I used, but I just use whatever scraps are left over from other artists in the studio.
What kind of music do you listen to whilst working?
It really all depends on my mood. I could listen to the classical for three days straight and the switch over to indie or folk. I'm really not picky about my music. As long and I can move to it and it doesn’t yell or scream at me I'll give it a shot.
Who is your favorite printmaker/photographer, and why?
I really love Sally Mann's work. She's a great inspiration to me.
What is one piece of advice you have for young artists?
I feel like I haven't learned enough to give me own advice to others. But recently an artist came to visit and he said something that really reminded me why I put myself through all the crazy junk young artists do. "We ourselves don't choose to make art, it chooses us. Now that’s not to say you can't to something else with your life. You can choose to be miserable doing something you weren’t chosen to do, or you can me miserable doing something that you have been chosen to do."
Please describe how you see the connection between art and life.
That feeling you get when you've finally gotten a piece to be exactly how you want it, that’s what it's about. That ah ha moment when it's like 'okay I totally understand exactly what I need to do now' those moments are so rare in life, but at the same time that’s exactly what I as an artist live for. It's really all about experimentation and trying to find different ways to acquire that feeling.