What is your background?
Growing up I was always gravitating to creative outlets. When it was time to head off to college, I naturally entered into the studio art major with a concentration in painting. Halfway through school, I switched things up and ended up graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. I felt like it was a field that I could allow myself a bit more financial freedom compared to the path of an artist. It never quite felt right though. Over the past few years, I have been slowly transitioning back into art. I'm at the point where I am inches away from doing it full time and it feels really exciting.
Geographically, where are you resident or active as an artist?
I'm originally from the States where I resided in Boston but I moved across the pond to London a few years back to set up new roots
What does your work aim to say?
My art focuses on memories and reflections. Pulling from my recent travels, the imagery is created from how scenes transfer and develop in my own mind. While experimenting with ink and hand stitching, the feeling remains on what happens when we immerse ourselves in new cultures or let our souls organically connect to the natural world around us. I believe that these moments have the ability to teach us about ourselves more than anything else. Pushing further and further out into the world, we start to see how it can change us, how our emotional responses mimic nature's movements, and how we process the information we continuously take in. The result is working to figure out what we as individuals can do with it to make the world a more peaceful and understanding place to be.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
While my work doesn't directly call out any specifics, it addresses the need for society to open themselves up and explore beyond what they know. Information bubbles need to be broken and we have to find empathy in each other's stories. The best way to do this is to talk, share, and wander beyond our comfort zones. We can only know what we have been exposed to and if we stay put where we are, it is difficult to get beyond that.
London - UK