I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the United States. With my visual art, I try to create a language of graphical figures that I can juxtapose to tell stories, taking inspiration from the untrained quality and mystic symbolism of abstract art and cave art. I’m interested in the origins of language in the mind and how visual art can bypass the language-forming portions of the mind. My goal with my visual art is to create aesthetic spaces that calm the mind, make people laugh, and reach to unknown places.
I studied conservation biology in graduate school, and my love of nature and time as a science teacher inform my work. I spent a lot of time diagraming cells. I find the goings on at this level of reality to be quasi-mystical, the separation between consciousness and matter, indistinct. It’s where the rubber meet the road for life. I sometimes find myself diagraming cells again in my artwork. Some visual artists whose works have inspired me include Cy Twombly, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, the Chauvet Cave artists, and Hayao Miyazaki.
With my music, I try to share a spirit of perseverance, grit, and humor. I just like a good melody and good lyrics. I’m inspired by the music of great pop songwriters who can make you cry with just a few notes, like Brian Wilson and Randy Newman. I love the music of Donovan, Nick Drake, Georges Moustaki, Moondog, Little Wings, and Devendra Banhart.