“Know yourself. Trust in yourself.”
When and where were you born?
In a suburb of Chicago
Where do you currently live and work?
I currently live and work in Chicago. Most of my time is spent in the studio, but I also dabble in some real estate endeavors.
How long have you been practicing your craft?
I have been painting for about 7 years now, but I have really been honing in on my craft for the last 3.
What inspires you?
A variety of everyday things in my life inspire me. The sun, interesting plants, the way shadows dance on a wall, the palette and patterns of people’s clothing, the color of a building, stories told by friends and acquaintances. I’m constantly collecting ideas and emotions from tiny interactions, as well as taking photos of every little thing I find inspiring throughout the day. I have over 4,000 pictures on my phone right now. It’s a problem!
How would you describe your style
My paintings are uniquely tied to having a concussed mind. 4 years ago, I had a solid wood door fall several feet straight onto my head and since then, my body of work has become a therapeutic practice for me. It has allowed me to hold onto memories I’d otherwise forget, as well as become a vehicle for self-exploration and documentation of my everyday struggles as a person with irreparable memory loss. Through my paintings, I am able to find myself and discourse.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
This last year has definitely been a year of growth, both within my career and myself. There has been an overwhelming burst of positive support from the Chicago art community and with it; I am gaining meaningful experiences and opportunities. I’ve also spent a lot of time this past year listening to myself, which is a key component that is often overlooked.
What are your future plans?
In a few months, I’m moving into a new place that has a bigger and brighter studio area. I’m pretty excited to start making larger and more experimental paintings. I want to get into the realm of weird and really push my art making, as well as the narratives within it.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
It is so crucial to not get in the way of yourself and to find confidence in who you are, what you believe, and what you want to express. Know yourself. Trust in yourself.