I grew up an only child in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, where I spent my time talking to pet cats and catching frogs, fish, newts, chipmunks, and myriad other hapless creatures, so I believe it was inevitable that I would become a writer and an artist or a cave-dwelling hermit. Seeing that comfortable caves deep in enchanted forests are rather hard to come-by, I chose the artist’s way instead. My heart, however, has grown roots and branches where it shelters an enduring passion for creatures, nature, and fantasy; three themes which my work often revolves around.
As an artist I strive to produce vivid imagery, evoke emotion, and create engaging characters in all the mediums I work with. I always seek to learn more and improve my skills, though I often struggle with expecting perfection of myself. Learning to accept imperfections, realizing where my strengths lie, that I can improve the skills I find myself lacking, and that it truly is never too late has been a large part of my journey as an artist and I look forward to where the journey will take me from here.
All in all, I’m your average twenty-something looking for my niche in life. I am bare-branched, waiting to bloom; trying to find myself and break the bonds of what’s expected by others and myself, of what I think is “acceptable” instead of what I want to be, of confusion and fear, and all the other things holding me back while trying to keep my head above the quicksand of all things that stamp out individualism and creativity.
• What are your favorite mediums?
My favorite mediums are needle felting, chain maille, macro and fine art photography, and poetry. There are few other things that make me feel as happy and satisfied as an artist than sculpting a fantastical creature from wool roving; weaving metal rings together to make a beautiful piece of jewelry; capturing portraits of interesting creatures; creating whimsical, odd, or creepy images; or turning roiling emotion into passionate words on a page.
•What areas do you wish to improve in most?
I love drawing and painting, but my skills in these areas are far from where I would like them to be, but I am now seeking to improve. I say “now” because I’ve spent my whole life struggling with the belief my art was “not good enough” and became so discouraged I believed I “would never be as good as I wished”, so I didn’t practice or try to improve my drawing and painting skills. The bright side is that while I believed those lies I attended and graduated from a wonderful photography school, which has not only become an integral part of my work, but has provided me with skills that benefit many of the other mediums I work with.
•Aside from ordinary human habits, what do you do on a daily basis?
I’m an avid journaler. I’ve journaled on and off my whole life, but I’ve been journaling almost everyday for over a decade. Much of the time I just sum up my day and sometimes I only write a sentence or a scribble, but having a place where I can say anything and everything, contemplate new ideas, and vent all my emotions is invaluable. I’ve also begun to mix in my art with my journaling, which I used to keep strictly separate. It has giving my journaling a whole new life and I find myself enjoying it even more as I break all the rules I gave myself before.
•If you could have a Super Power what would you want?
I want Instant Transportation of myself and anything I’m touching. That way I could visit the people I love any time I wanted, and of course jump people out of burning buildings and all that. If I could have a secondary power it’d be the ability to manipulate time.
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