Creating, Teaching, and the Artistic Process
What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things when creating artwork. From landscapes, to music to process. I think the most inspiring thing is immersing myself within a process like wheel throwing. From wedging the clay, to centering on the wheel and manipulating the form, to refining through trimming then adorning the piece with glaze. I love it all. Process and learning a new process is to me the most inspiring. I love to learn and expand my skill.
What mediums do you like to use?
I enjoy most mediums. It depends on my mood and what I feel like creating. I do feel the strongest connection to clay though. There's something about molding and manipulating a material with my own to hands that attracts me to this specific medium.
What artists inspire you?
I have an obsession with Salvador Dali and his obscure surrealist work. However, Chuck Close is another artist who inspires me. Close had faced many physical challenges when creating artwork. However, his passion and willingness to adjust how he creates art is what I find the most inspirational. I also find inspiration from my students. Their perspective and questions keep me on my toes and keep me learning about new ways to create art.
How do you start a piece?
This all depends. Often, I brainstorm through sketching, sometimes I gather reference photos, or use Photoshop to help me see my vision before I create it. Other times I just dive right in without planning.
What do you do when you get a creative block?
I find taking a break helps. If I'm blocked I need space otherwise I will remain blocked. If I take time away and return later with fresh perspective I am most likely able to power through.