Tell us a little about yourself ~
I am a commercial sign maker by day, illustrator, designer, visual artist, cyclist, gallery owner, & creative the rest of the time. I was born in SF & have spent most of my life here. I've always worked in print/design & when I graduated from school, the machines just kept getting bigger and more sophisticated. Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with many artists on collaborative projects at times when I wasn't being as productive on my own personal work. It's been rewarding and I enjoy continuing that work through my gallery The Little Lodge.
What do you like about your medium ~
I love the process & problem solving. Coming up with an idea and figuring out how to build it and incorporate other processes I enjoy like illustration, design, or fabrication.
What is the most challenging part about your medium ~
One of the most challenging parts of my medium sometimes is figuring out the medium. Questioning what process or combination of will be most appropriate for the idea.
What is your process like ~
My process today as it relates to type projects always starts with text I've written down in my notebook. Sometimes I run with the first iteration, but most times the text is stripped down to it's core meaning. Words that elicit a certain feeling or idea & then I sketch out that text on paper. Always starting analog, sometimes endlessly going in a few directions then back to those original marks. It will get cleaned up and depending on the idea, different material choices and process are considered. A lot of my recent work combines a mixed media approach in producing some type of art object which is inspired by the daily sign making process I've done for over the last decade.
Sources of Inspiration ~
I'm inspired by older analog print process and typography, comic book art, great line work in illustration, wood working, and people who find a way to pursue a creative life.