Well, now that I've graduated, I feel like I should be a bit more professional, even here on DA. Therefore, I've decided to upload my artist's statement. You don't have to enjoy it, but, well, you have the option.
More than anything, I find that my artwork is inspired by my childhood. Having grown up in a sheltered environment and in the middle the big city of Phoenix, I found that my greatest asset was my imagination. I would spend hours playing with my sister in the back yard, and with that simple backdrop, we invented countless numbers of roles and situations to keep ourselves occupied. Today, my work reflects that time. Almost all of the imagery I produce contains many layers of information, and always involves the city and some imaginative element incorporated within it.
The images that I produce are a combination of what I see and what I would like to see. They are almost always narratives, and I enjoy creating work which other people in addition to myself may feel a relationship to. In my work, I often create strange and fantastic creatures that, in my mind, could really be living in some dark, forgotten corner of the city just waiting to be discovered. They range from birds with long, human faces to giant, fuzzy cat-like creatures with long fingers and toes. To me, these creatures are playful but unapproachable, and represent both my insecurities and my strengths.
I use many different methods to create my art. My favorites include ceramics, acrylic paint, and digital paint. For my ceramic work, I do both sculptural and two-dimensional work, which include ceramic paint or under-glazes applied to the surfaces of usually functional pieces. When I work with acrylic paint, I usually paint on soft wood. I especially enjoy painting on found pieces of wood. However, if that is not available, I also enjoy painting on canvases. With my digital paintings, I always use Corel Painter X and a Wacom tablet and paint entirely from scratch without the use of photographic bases to begin from.
My next venture will be burning intricate drawings into wood. After that, I plan on writing several childrens books based on my artwork and hope to get them published one day.