The art I grew up with wasn’t hanging up in a gallery; it was glowing through a screen, or pounding through speakers, or printed in panels on pages. But even the most ill-perceived and misunderstood forms of human expression can contain powerful ideas and compelling narratives.
As much as I love gigantic and expensive masterpiece works of art, I am more interested in art for the people. Comics can tell any story, no matter how high-concept or extravagant, even if they’re drawn on old cardboard with a Bic pen. Printmaking makes it possible for everyone to own a unique handmade piece of art, regardless of their income. Groundbreaking new technology is introduced every day - who knows what else we can use for creative expression in the future? I’m open to almost any project, so long as there’s maximal possibility for engaging with everyday people. Art as some kind of elite society just ain’t my thing; it’s more fun when more people can join.
Ink and Photoshop are my dual weapons of choice. I like the tactile final piece of original artwork paired with the versatility of infinitely-editable digital coloring and finishing, and I can work quite efficiently in this medium. It is important to me that I spend equal time in contemplative creative thought as I do exerting physical skill and labor – another reason why I love printmaking.
My work gravitates toward lowbrow subject matter that touches on sophisticated ideas and emotions. My love of comics and rock music and cartoons isn’t just a juvenile phase. When done well, even the most lowly forms of art can connect with anyone.