On my last trip to the Art Walk in Downtown
Describe your art style.
Urban. My style is more street art rather than a "fine art" type of style. I like to paint things the way I see them, which will almost never be in the norm. Every now and then I attempt a realistic approach to my pieces, but honestly, I would much rather keep my style street-bred and funky with vibrant colors.
What does an event like Art Walk in downtown
The downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is great. I look forward to it every month. It gives me the opportunity to come out and show my art to hundreds of people in one night. Often times I get to meet other artists both young and old and that is always fun. I meet clients, friends, and fellow artists all in one night. I get to enjoy the art of others and at the same time I get to expose my art to my city.
Where are you hoping your art will be in the next few years?
I have a long way to go. In my eyes, I'm still a rookie but of course like every other artist, I want to be in a big gallery someday. I want to create pieces that people will always enjoy from now to 50 years from now. My style will evolve I'm sure but the street roots will always be there.
Is it difficult to part ways with your pieces once it’s time to sell them?
When I first started doing big canvas paintings, yes it was difficult. I felt like I put too much time and effort into them and I would grow attached to the pieces and I wouldn't want to sell them. I soon developed a series of pieces that I felt would be popular with people and it would be easy for me to paint at a quick pace. Those few pieces are my bread and butter. I know I can sell them and make a new one no problem but when I create an entirely new piece it is still hard to let go. I wish I could just sell them a print but I know that selling the original will just drive me to make my next new piece that much better.
What are you currently working on?
A couple of different pieces actually. I never work on one piece from start to finish. I do multiple pieces at a time. I am working however on some new pieces where I fuse classic toons with hip-hop. It’s pretty fun.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve made so far?
I have a couple. I was really happy with the way the LA gun and blade piece came out. Also, my Buddha piece and a Zebraffe piece which will always be in my top 10 maybe top 5 of favorites.
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