I decided to become an artist when I was eleven years old. I saw a Coca-Cola polar bear commercial and was blown away! From that day on anytime I was asked what do you want to be when you grow up I quickly said "Graphic Artist." To be honest I had no idea what that entailed; I just knew that I loved art and if I could make art for a living I was all for it.
Fast forward a couple decades and here I am. Not only did I become a graphic artist, I took it to the next level and learned how to integrate design into fully functioning websites. I've been a professional web developer and designer for 13 years and counting. I love what I do and learn something new every day.
I'm constantly pushing my own boundaries with different creative outlets. Recently I took up spray painting and have been practicing my skills in the big outdoors. I've always been obsessed with street art so creating murals is a dream come true.
I love using acrylic paint because it dries quickly. Recently a fellow artist introduced me to acrylic paint pens and it was love at first sight. Posca is the brand I like to use and the only brand that I've tried. The pens are great for blending and small detail and come in a convenient variety of tip sizes. The paint pens don't dry as quickly on wood surfaces but other than that they work like a charm.
This is a hard one! I have so many but I guess if I had to pick one I'd pick Hans Walør. I love the style, color pallette and incredible detail on all of his pieces.
I love taking pictures everywhere I go, especially when I'm out on hikes and enjoying nature. I frequently visit art walks and art galleries to soak in all the amazing talent. Talking to other artists about their techniques motivates me to try new things and stay challenged. My environment plays a huge role in all of my art.
I have a large format scanner I use for converting my paintings to digital format. The level of detail I get from scanning far exceeds the cameras that I've tried. I also purchase high quality paper which makes a big difference.
Although brand new frames are awesome, I love getting old antique frames from local thrift stores. I'm always on the look out for interesting unique frames. I've even made a couple myself from old scraps of wood. DIY Custom Framing - No Power Tools Required! has a great overview on different types of frames you can build yourself. Framing can get really expensive so I try to find thrifty ways to repurpose old frames and give my pieces a little character.
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