I’m from Los Angeles, California and my background is from illustration. I’ve always known since I was a young child that I wanted to do something with drawing because that’s all I did, doodle on paper. I started the illustration pathway back in 2006 in the early days of my time at Art Center Pasadena, where I attended a fashion illustration class and fell in love. I am fascinated by fashion, and it was through the class that I started my Fashion Playing Cards project. In working on the series, I found an outlet to both express and evoke emotions through my drawings, which had up to then seemed little more than the sum of individual lines on a page. From that point, I ended up in Central Saint Martins where I graduated from Fashion Design and Marketing. But My interests varies into many sub categories but there a few things that I can’t live without, which is music, cinema, culinary art, and most definitely coffee culture.
藝術與設計對你而言有甚麼的意義？ What does art and design means to you?
Art and design defines me as a person and it is a channel to express myself as an individual. I see every aspect in terms of this genre and to simply put it’s my meaning of ‘life,’ and what I exist for.
How would you define your personal style?
I find much beauty in darkness and that has a lot to do with the way I grew up and the experiences I had in my life. My personal style is quite bold and has dark elements incorporated with fluidity. I’ m heavily influenced by fashion, but I also try to incorporate all the vibrant details of what I see in the world around me.
你的創作過程是怎樣的？你通常會用甚麼工具及材料？What is the process of your work? What kind of materials do you use?
The process always starts with a simple sketch. Once I get the right feeling for the drawing, I continue onto the details. It’s very similar to a sculptor in some respects. I create a whole (outlining, finding the perfect composition) and then chisel in more information until it becomes more clear) I’m very interested in curves, lines, and fluidity and apply gestures, emotions, and textures using my favorite gouache, micron pens, inks, and watercolors.
How do you get your inspiration?
The everyday life is an inspiration to me. A quote or a song can inspire me and I draw out the reacted emotion I’m feeling towards it. And of course, the usual visual images help out a lot.
在創作時你遇過最大的挑戰或經歷？ What are your most critical challenges in your work?
The challenging part is getting the emotion right. I want stir and evoke something inside my audience when they see my work. I find that very hard to do but satisfied when it does happen.
列出幾項你要達到的目標。| What are some of your goals?
Completing my cards series has become an apt parallel for my journey as an illustrator: the changing drawings encapsulate how my technique and perspective have evolved. Unfinished drawings ask to be finished. Similarly, I am drawn to the need to finish this series, to conclude the chapter of this peoject. The next involves publishing a fashion illustration book of all my work and a life drawing art book.
你的夢想是？ What s your dream?
My ultimate dream is to travel the world and draw what I see and experience, a visual record of my life.
What is your motto in your work and life?
I definitely agree with ‘work hard, play hard, and love life.’ But another one of my ethos is what the comedian Conan O’ Brien says, which I respect so much. ‘If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.’