Why do you make art?
I make art because honestly, I don’t really know what else to do. I love creating, and sharing, and getting lost in the moment. For a few years in my 20s I was in a band and we would play music a lot and tour, and it was great, but I realized that after the show was over there wasn’t anything to hold onto or look at. So I started painting. I like being able to see the result of my creativity the next day or next week after I finish a piece.
What changes can art make to life?
Art is very important. It helps us see things in a new way, and question what we might otherwise overlook or take for granted. It helps us grow as people, and learn about ourselves and the world around us. Art makes life exciting, and challenging, and sometimes scary. It can also act as a reminder to a certain place or time.
How would you characterize the time we live in?
The world we live in is fast. Everything happens quickly. Information is sent, and responses are expected immediately. We think fast, act fast, work fast, travel fast. This is why I like my cement installations so much. They are quiet, and slow, and eerie. To experience them you need to slow down and be in the moment. Hopefully they cause the viewer to reflect upon their lives and actions, and just for a brief moment help us pause, breathe, think and smile.