September 25, 2020
- What is your name / organization / title?
- What motivated you to become a maker?
I was the type of kid who was born with a pencil in my hand. So I feel like I’ve always been a maker. However I do find motivation to make the work I do from modern day myths and story’s from the silver screen.
- Looking back on the early stages of your journey, what advice would you give yourself now?
It’s funny to answer this question because I feel like I’m still in the early stages of my journey. But I think what I can say is that I’ve learned not to avoid the difficult. Rather to lean into the difficult. I’ve found that when I do that, I find myself more capable than what I expected out of myself.
- What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made? Why?
My favorite piece, is always my latest piece.
- What’s the next evolution for you (or your industry) going to look like?
I’ve always been interested in miniatures and going smaller rather than going bigger. I imagine my work will only go further into the realm of the micro. I’m finding great joy in creating scenes from film on surfaces as small as an inch across.
- Who would you partner with (living or dead) for your dream collaboration? And what would you work on together?
I don’t know if you would necessarily call it a collaboration, but I would totally want to work for Walt Disney. He was notoriously demanding on his employees, but he also pushed them to create iconic artwork. I’d love to have a tough love coach like him. And knowing that he had an affinity for miniatures himself, I’d be curious to know how he would guide my work.
- You're on death row and it's time for your final meal. What'll ya have?
Mushroom Bacon Cheeseburger, Buffalo Wings, Sushi, and a little fried Calamari.
- In a world where you have two hands, all of your pets and loved ones are safe, and your studio is on fire, what do you try to save?
All my tools and supplies are fairly replaceable but I do have a lot of artwork that would need saving!
- What is one piece of pop culture (movie, tv, artwork, song, etc.) that no matter how many times you return to it you still draw excitement, movement, or inspiration?
Oh that’s a no brainer, Jurassic Park
- I love useless facts. Impress me with a seriously useless fact!
So this one is a little on the inside baseball side for Disney Parks people. The facial portrait of The Caretaker character from Disney’s Haunted Mansion is the same as the one used for the low man climbing up the tree on the Jungle Cruise.
- If you could try any profession other than your own, what would you choose to do?
It would have been a completely different life path for me but I think practicing law seems fascinating
- What is your personal strategy/philosophy when it comes to using social media for your work?
I think it’s a great tool for artists. Inherently it has it’s positives and negatives. But for me the positives far outweigh the negatives.
- Speaking of social media, where can people find you?