What has been the biggest challenge with creating your art and how did you overcome it?
By far, the biggest challenge is not creating art but having time to create it. Being a dad and trying to find balance with my daily duties makes creating art a challenge. My girls are my world, so when they are around me, I devote my time to them and everything else is secondary. But once they go to bed, it’s game-on and my night shift begins; it is time to focus and get some artwork done.
What are your favorite subjects to draw and why?
Some of my favorite subjects to draw would be hands because of the difficulty that comes with getting the proportions right and the subtle details that bring hands to life. Elder people are another subject I like to sketch. The amount of detail that is needed to get all the details in the wrinkles are what catches my eye and makes drawing them very challenging. Eyes are another subject that I like to paint, because there is so much emotion that lies within the eyes. Portraits are a favorite of mine, although, it is a challenge to make sure all the proportions are right to resemble the person you are sketching. It is a satisfying feeling to see the sketch come to life and resemble the person. Anything that is challenging and calls for a lot of detail is what I try to do, because it pushes me to improve.
Do you have any advice for artists wanting to paint murals?
I would say to paint whatever you feel is right, enjoy the moment, the experience and the memories. Always document your work, because I feel the act of painting the wall, the memories, and the photos, are what’s most important. The walls will come and go, no wall lasts forever. But the memories and the photos will be something to cherish. It is nice to see where you started and to see where you are now. To compare and see the progression in your style, technique and conception of ideas.