I enjoy many forms of art. I began as a doodler in the crack of my notepad, and when my Physics teacher told my sister and I to stop drawing in the middle of class (we were notorious for passing markers and pencils back and forth, busting out swirly wirly drawings) I knew it was my calling. It also helps when you know that Art is the one class you will succeed in while loving it all at the same time.
Drawing and sketching has always been a hobby. I have taken many "drawing" courses in the midst of my art schooling in order to learn the dynamic of realism. Life drawing came to be my favorite "serious" drawing style, but the good old doodle has always been there for me.
Photography was my next love. It began in High School as well, when my photography teacher would allow us to check out those fancy digital cameras on the weekends. This quickly became a hobby, and eventually new forms of photography swayed me. Starting with digital, then receiving our Fathers old Olympus 35 mm, started a whole new revolution of art. Film quickly became a necessity, and eventually a black & white course brought me to the dark room. Here is where I learned the value of using lighting correctly. From there is was dabble in this and dabble in that - alternative processing led to printing of digital negatives with litho film, and the creation of pin hole cameras. This fascination of the cameras ability to distort and change the image gave birth to the fascination of Polaroid and Toy Cameras which I continually use to this day.
My favorite point and shoot is a bright yellow Lomography fisheye camera that I compulsively keep at my side. I love it when people ask shockingly, "That's a camera?" So much fun.
My developed interest in the image gave way to an interest in the moving image as well. This is where video entered my life, in my later years at the community college, when we were asked to appropriate imagery from the public domain or stock photo sites and create an animation in Photoshop. From there on I was fully in love with making short movies, and decided to pursue it in my later studies.
Studying at San Jose State University in the Digital Media Arts Program allowed me to get a feel for many different ways of making art. Digital Media was not so much about an expression, but about organization and intent. Challenges always came about whether it was the tedious duty of waiting for a rendering video file, or starring at a line of code for too long to figure out what was next.
My skills vary in many areas, but I am capable of many processes on the computer or even the good old tactile way. I enjoy all kinds of work, and love a challenge. Brainstorming is a key factor in the creation of many things, which I fully enjoy, especially among others.
Take a look at some of my work below!
- Action Script 3.0 using Flash (interactive art)
- Experimentation with new programs (Sketchup, Illustrator, CNC work flow, combination of processes)
- Developmental steps (older work that has got me where I am today)
- Programming micro-controllers and simple electronics
- recent collaboration (Blissfinity Pharmatopia lead by Shona Kitchen)