Baltimore, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
I was a pianist at a piano bar in Chicago when I was twenty years old.
I wanted to be an artist from as early as I can remember. I have always felt an intense drive and obsession with making things, so it was natural that I would devote my life/career to this pursuit.
You studied in Italy, what was that like and what was the one thing you learned from that experience?
My year in Italy on a Fulbright was amazing, life changing, and unforgettable. I learned you should always keep your eyes open and be spontaneous. When an opportunity arises, grab it, because it may never happen again, and even if it does, you may not ever have the inclination to grab it again. The best relationships I formed and the best art I made sort of happened by chance (I did not anticipate/look for/plan for them).
I get an idea, I obsess about it until I make it, then I obsess about making it, come across lots of problems that intrigue me, and remake it many times until I get it out of my system and move onto the next idea/material/process.
In Chicago, I really like Soul Vegetarian East and The Chicago Diner. In New York, I like Mario Batali's Otto Pizzeria.
I am currently on a rowing team, I love seeing Broadway shows, I cook a lot, and I play the piano.
Anything I don’t fully understand – I have a huge curiosity about the unknown.
To produce pieces that:
If I was not an artist as an occupation, I think I would be a really good criminal profiler or psychotherapist. I also have an intense interest in Italian language such that I could see myself incorporating that into a job/lifestyle. But I think the parts of me that make me a good artist infiltrate everything I do, so those parts wouldn’t be separate from any other occupation (drive, curiosity, creativity).
My last exhibit at Linda Warren Gallery (now Linda Warren projects) was the best and most fun exhibition I have had. I was really excited to show sculptures along with paintings for the first time, and I also had a live capoeira performance. It was incredible, because it really changed the dynamic of the space, and created an atmosphere filled with intense energy.
1. If you are uncomfortable, you are in a good place for making art.