What is it that motivates an artist, what is the source of your inspiration?
I believe that there is a force, an energy that motivates me to be an artist. It is something that lives within me that is me. To me this
force is like God. It pushes me to create. The desire for self-reflection and self-exploration and to put it on canvas for the world to see, motivates me. The desire to seek inner peace motivates me. My dreams, memories and thoughts
are the source of my inspiration. It is an incredible feeling that I get from creating something simply for the sake of creating it. It feels natural and normal, like breathing.
When you know that your work is finished ...
..o you have to remove it from your view to stop adding more colors?
I can spend weeks and sometimes even months mentally planning a painting. Because a piece has existed in my mind for so long I usually know what it should look like
before it is complete. In the end, I usually feel when a painting is done when I am satisfied with the technique, color, balance and story.
Do you think college life decimates the artistic ambitions of many?
not sure. I think that it depends on what one studies. I studied accounting when I was in college. I did not have time for a creative outlet back then. For me college stifled my artistic career. I often wonder what it would have
been like if I studied art in college. I would like to study art in an academic setting one day. I don’t think a formal training in art and art history would hurt. Having said this, I don’t believe 100% that a genuine artist needs to study
art in an academic setting. True art comes from within. True art, like nature will find a way out and is not dependent on an academic setting or lack thereof.
Do you criticize yourself, or others more critical?
I am sure other people think I might be a little crazy although no one has said it to me and I am 100% positive that I have offended people with my art in the past. Despite this, I am my own worst critic. I constantly judge my work and myself
as I relate to my work. It can at times be nerve-wracking putting art work on display for fear of what I know about it and what others may think. I believe this is a natural part of being human and being an artist. Besides being critical
of my subject matter, I can be extremely critical over my own technique. In the end I have to keep in mind that I create art for myself first. I don’t like to criticize other people’s art because that is their experience and not
mine. I keep negative thoughts and comments to myself.
Do you nourish other arts ..... Music, books, movies ....?
I like to listen to music, especially when I paint. I enjoy all types of music, but I especially
like to listen to classical guitar and piano. I love a night at the opera or symphony. I also enjoy ballet, musicals and plays.
How do you see the current pictorial panorama?
The Houston art scene is an explosion
of art. From abstract to realism, from sculpture to the performing arts, I am seeing a lot of beautiful and interesting art happening in Houston. This city is filled with a lot of really great international artists. Being in Houston surrounded
by so much talent from different backgrounds helps motivate me to work. I am excited to see how this art scene will continue to evolve in Houston.
Have you ever thought of being master of this art to convey some of your skills and
I have indeed thought about teaching art in a more academic way, and in a small way I am already doing this. A good friend of mine comes over on Tuesday nights and he paints. As I work on my own painting I coach him through
his painting. I show him drawing and painting techniques. He is actually a very good painter. I suspect he has natural talent.
What have immediate projects, which are painted now?
I plan to create paintings
based on of the embroidery patterns found on textiles in Mexico.