I’ve always seen the world a little differently when it comes to conceptualizing my ideas. I often challenge the dominate perspective to help enforce my conceptual idea. My freedom to express myself as a queer artist helps push my designs by giving me a thicker skin, an interpretive layer to my design, and an ability to push social issues. My individuality and ability to express myself through my work helps fuel my concepts and often places me right on the edge of educational and offensive.
Color is very important to my practice as an artist and designer. My world is captured by the colors in which it exists, creating a visual narrative through tension, memories, subliminal messages, and implied ideas. As an artist I have always been drawn to bold dynamic colors both in my digital designs and my paintings. Color theory has been crucial to my development as a designer and helps me push my ideas as an individual.
Equally important to my work is my experience as a musician which was my first pursuit as an artist and continually influences my current work. Color and music are of equal importance to me in making sense of the world around us. My designs mirror my musical style reflecting a repetitive nature and rhythm.
My work is an homage to many queer artists that came before me.
In particular my work is inspired by Dada artists especially the work of Marcel Duchamp. Controversial and innovative movements are crucial to pushing the boundaries in the art world and refining and redefining the idea of what art is. Through my work I hope to continue to push these boundaries and inspire others to change their ideas of what is considered “normal.” By communicating these changes through art, my ultimate goal is that this spirit of change and acceptance translates from the art world to the whole of society.
I received my BFA in communication design from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2016. During my time at MSU Denver I devoted two years to the study of design and typography. My studies at MSU Denver provided me with the space to explore how I could merge my art practice with my design knowledge. My thesis consisted of a successful merging of environmental design, publication design, typography, and fine art installation/set design.
I wish to continue a surrealist exploration of the intersections of art and design in a more formal gallery setting. My creative journey is not new to my story, but my newly acquired design skills are. With devotion to the craft and determination to continue to push the boundaries, my creative exploration will continue to be an essential part of my design career.