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Q. When did you decide you wanted to become an artist?
A. I always wanted to be an artist. But I guess I put my money where it counts one year after I graduated college, and I decided to pay for a postgraduate degree in design. Even while I was in school I knew that I couldn't be a graphic designer, but my gut said stay, learn and adapt. So I did.
Q. The most important thing on your work desk is ...
A. My camera. My wonderful dad bought me a Nikon D80 in 2006, and I used it to take pictures for my blog. Now it is used to take great photographs of every painting and print. A high-quality camera is so essential to creating a clean, aesthetically pleasing brand presence.
Q. Which iconic artist would you like to work with?
A. I love the way Gustav Klimt's mind worked. I know everyone says they love "The Kiss," but I would love to go back in time and watch him mix paint, prepare his canvases, and watch him sketch and paint. Oh, to live in Vienna at that time and see the art — I die!
Q. Where in the world do you want to go to next?
A. I want to spend a few years really painting, and exploring the outer reaches of creativity. I see myself traveling to different cities and living in them for a few months while I create a ton of new work, and sell it there while my Atlanta studio runs along for a bit without me.
Q. Where do you go for inspiration?
A. Inspiration is a tricky one. Because I am one of those people who is constantly thinking, I am better when I have rest. For example, right now I am going through a stage of endless paperwork, meetings, painful expenses and technical drudgery ... so I am not painting as much.
I'm taking a trip to NYC, and when I get back I will be bursting with ideas. It could be a person I see on the street wearing something proportionally magnificent, or taking an introspective walk on a rainy day and keeping my eyes on the sidewalk that gives me a spark of an idea. It could also be a dream. I basically just trust that my mind will provide for me, so long as I keep it healthy, and let it rest and breathe.