✒ I’m a designer, an illustrator, and a daydreamer. I believe that nostalgia is a powerful emotion. My childhood is the source of all of my creative energy - all of the colors, sounds, basic shapes, smells, and visuals of my youth are reflected in the surreal an… Read More
✒ I’m a designer, an illustrator, and a daydreamer. I believe that nostalgia is a powerful emotion. My childhood is the source of all of my creative energy - all of the colors, sounds, basic shapes, smells, and visuals of my youth are reflected in the surreal and expressionistic nature of my work. I am heavily inspired by the aesthetic and works of Walt Disney and H.P. Lovecraft, E. H. Shepard and Ronald Topor, Hayao Miyazaki and Stefan Sagmeister, Guillermo Del Toro and Steven Spielberg.
✒ I’m fascinated by childhood - subtle twisted innocence exposed to an overtly twisted world. Children are dark little things. Delicate, intensely emotional and naturally untethered. Their eyes are like filters of imaginative naivety, painting the harsh complexities of the world around them in surreal strokes of bizarre optimism and subtle macabre.
✒ I think storytellers like Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, A. A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh), Lewis Carol (Alice In Wonderland), Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid) and J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan), had an intimate understanding this and the way a child’s mind works. It shows in their work. I love Disney films, many of which are adapted from works by the aforementioned writers, because they take these grim cautionary tales and myths filled with dire, bleak consequences, and twist and contort them into a frankenstein of escapist euphoria and sensual innuendo.
✒ I try to channel that in my design and illustrative pieces, most predominantly in my self portraits. The process of creating art, for me, whether it be in design or illustration, is my attempt to channel the dark innocence of a child and nostalgia into something uniquely expressive and personal, that can be used to communicate a specific message and to elicit deep visceral emotion.
✒ Don’t let my brilliant and amiable disposition fool you into thinking that I’m anything but young, dumb and full of ideas! Read Less
1st Place in USC Upstate Student Exhibition // 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake Posters