Where  are you  from?

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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.