Where are you from?
I live in North Durham, up by West Point on the Eno.
I grew up in Connecticut but I’ve been here for eleven years.
How would you describe your style of art?
Pretty representational. Lots of animals—especially birds.
What was your inspiration behind your satellite piece?
I was having a lot of trouble coming up with an idea and for me I just decided to go back to basics, which is birds. If I can’t think of anything to draw, I just draw a bird or my dog. For this project, the bird seemed to work. The idea of it being in a circle just lent itself really well to the curve of the wings. When I put on black shadow, it popped and seemed to work with the idea that these satellites are no longer in use and kind of dead, but now there’s new life coming off of it which they organized by having the artists paint them. This is my first mural, and it was very intimidating the idea of putting my art somewhere so public, so this is the boldness that it
took for me to share my art.
What kind of art do you usually do?
Usually oil painting, which is so different from this paint because oil paint takes days to dry and I like to blend it, or leave it for a week and let it dry and then go back. This drys in like a minute and then you can’t blend it so that was certainly challenging. Sometimes colored pencils and sometimes watercolor, but oil paint is sort of my go to.
Why is art important for you, and why do you think art is important in general?
Well, art is important for me because I just love it, and I don’t know it’s just like I couldn’t do anything else. This project is really cool because I see how art impacts the public and the community. It has been a very rewarding experience because I was a little bit unsure about the idea of just sitting in my studio making art for myself, but this is a lot easier to do, I can be like oh, I’m making it for the community, that makes sense.