1. What is something not too many people know about you?
This was such a hard question! I had to go deep into my memories just to think of an answer, haha. I think something that people don't know about me is that I love to go trail running. Plugging in my headphones with some good music and being out in nature relaxes me. Especially if I have a hard day, I can run away from all of my problems.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Growing up I was always involved in sports. I played volleyball from fifth grade all the way up until my senior year in high school, and almost began a collegiate career until I tore my ACL. At the time I wasn't even planning on being an art major. All I wanted to do was play volleyball, and go into college as a kinesiology major. Once I got injured, it opened up a brand new door for me. I began to take sculpting more and more seriously, and discovered I wasn't too shabby at it. Art became my new life, and it is a passion that burns inside of me like a flame. I also have a passion/hobby for fitness. I live a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and constantly research more and more things I can do to better our planet. Knowing that I as an individual can have such a large impact on our planet by the choices I make is mind boggling. Growing up as an athlete I consistently worked out everyday, and now that sports are no longer in my life I push myself in the gym to grow stronger mentally and physically.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Looking towards my future is always a scary thought, especially because I'm in the section of artists that are stereotypically known to not make the most amount of money. I love being a sculptor, and it's a career that I want to take to new heights. I feel like it's almost cliche of me to say, but I want my art to make an impact on the world as I grow older. When creating my pieces, I want to take into consideration the kind of reaction I want out of my viewers, and how they will be able to remember my art. As I grow as an artist I want to be able to remain versatile, meaning I can draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, etc. in order to have a larger body of work and more exposure. Overall, my goal for the future is to be a successful artist, sell my work, travel the world, and be a badass while doing it.
4. What is your definition of success?
I get asked this question multiple times a day, especially being a college art student. My definition of success has nothing to do with money or fame. I believe a person is successful if they are pursuing something that they genuinely love, and working hard towards getting better at it. Whether that be art, music, sports, school, or anything important in your life. I feel a person is successful if they are happy doing what they enjoy. For me personally, I think I'm successful when I finish a new project, even if I know it may not sell or some people may not feel the same way I do about it. If you work your ass off everyday, you're a successful human being.
5. Tell us something about the project you're currently working on.
At the moment I'm experimenting with different mold making processes, and casting them in things such as wax, paper, plastic and aluminum. I also am brainstorming on my large-scale pieces and taking into consideration using older materials I'm more familiar with such as clay, wood, and stone. Commissions right now are coming in as paintings, so I'm constantly painting and drawing in my studio, a. k. a my desk in my dorm.