I have been drawing since I was a kid. I mentioned in another interview that I was “doodling on anything that could be used as a canvas” before I was even able to speak. As a young kind, I used to paint with watercolors, but it was nothing I took seriously.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspirations everywhere. A simple conversation with a friend can become fuel for a painting. Current events, nature, and especially the voices in my head, all inspire me. What I am trying to say is that, I draw my inspirations from any and everywhere.
How do you begin a painting? Do you free style or you think of an idea and then start painting?
I approach every painting differently. Commissioned work does not require much thinking on my part because the person commissioning the work provides me with everything I need. Otherwise, I will first sketch an idea I may have before I start really drawing and painting. When the subject of a piece is one of history, I will always do historical research to make sure I am as realistic or as close to the subject of my painting as possible. There are times when I will simply sit at my desk and allow a painting to speak to me—such times, it is when I am almost finished that the painting will actually take shape.
When did you start taking painting more serious (what age)?
I did not start taking my painting seriously until about four years ago now. I was part of an art show with another artist and she blew my mind. Everything about her artistry and her professionalism inspired me to become better. Today, I call her friend.
What are some other skills/talents you are good at? That people may not know?
I am art. Maybe I might call myself a bit of a historian—but that is in conjunction with my art. Therefore, art is all I am.
Who are some artists you look up to?
I never really looked up to any artists. However, I do admire Basquiat’s rebellious ways and his refusal to conform to what the art world expected of him. He was Bold.
What advice do you have for young artists?
Make sure you love what you are doing. Be passionate and work hard. Never compare yourself with other artists.
What do you have in store for us in the next few months? Any upcoming shows/art displays?
I have an upcoming show in New York, October 19, 2016. I am still working on my solo art show. Do not have a date or time yet, but I will certainly keep you posted. More T-shirts. Follow me on instagram and Facebook fan page @akomicsart for more details.
Until next time...