I'm a painter/designer/zinemaker from Olympia, Washington. My studio space is located in a loft that looks down upon a punk rock emporium- the building houses a vintage clothing store, a record shop, a bike co-op, and an amazing community printmaking studio.. it used to be a giant pawn shop when I was growing up. I go to my studio five days a week and work on paintings, read books about owls, and design t-shirts.
1.My desk is a mess. I don't really use it so much as a work space, but more of an area to store things I like to look at. Here you can see some of my past and current projects: a small owl painting, a poster I designed for Olympia's annual Artswalk, a painting of my dog Otis that was turned into a cd cover for local label Kill Rock Stars, a page of photostamps and corresponding pink owl wallet I made for Poketo.com, 40 ounces of green tea (inspiration), my old library card from Los Angeles (double inspiration), ibuprofen, pens, and a
'vitality' aromatherapy candle from the local hippie shop.
2. This is the painting I'm working on.. a tiger, flags, fleur de lis, a crystal ball. I paint on paper and then mount the finished piece onto stretched canvas, using heavy gel medium as glue, then make everything glossy and bright with a final coat of polycrylic. It's kind-of a ridiculously stressful mounting process that my mom and I
invented, but it works.
3. This is my easel and the pile of assorted acrylic paint and medium that lives below. I generally paint on the floor, laying everything out on an old piece of masonite, but every once in a while I'll clip my painting to the easel and work on it that way. This poster of the tiger and leopard is from another Kill Rock Stars' release that I did the artwork for.. they have been incredibly supportive of my work. I also design tshirts and hoodies for K.R.S.
4. Here's another pile of stuff.. shirts I designed for the incredible hometown website Buyolympia.com. I generally sustain myself off of tshirt sales and the occasional odd job, so that I can go to my studio and paint every day. In this photo you can see a newish one, 'Future Librarian', that seems to be a hit. And a baby onesie, 'Raised by Wolves'.. I also make buttons, bags, stickers, and an instructional fanzine on how to play electric guitar. Under the shirts is a copy of the wonderful free art magazine, ANP Quarterly. Very inspirational!
5. I make all of my tshirt designs on copy machines. If I'm not working with my hands, I feel really weird, so while doing graphic design via xerox can be time-consuming and limiting, I favor it over computer-y stuff. I like to collect random graphics and patterns, and then store them away for future experiments.
6. I love the library, particularly the childrens' non-fiction section. They have the best books on animals.. just big, bright pictures and minimal text. I hang out in the kids' section often, gathering reference material for future paintings. Right now I'm working on tigers, but I often paint birds-- owls, woodpeckers, and crowned cranes.
7. I adore this painting. My photographer friend, Joanne Kim, brought it back for me from her travels through Korea. The colors are intense!
8. This is a project I made for a benefit show in Los Angeles. I lived there for the past two years, and in that time I adopted a dog from a rescue group. Her name is Rosebud. Last August she came down with a terrible bacterial infection in her chest cavity that nearly killed her, and I spent everything I had (and then some) trying to save her.. after 9 days in the doggy i.c.u., she pulled through! I feel very fortunate to have the supportive, generous friends that helped me organize a benefit of music, art, and vegan cupcakes.
9. Rituals are really important to me. Every day when I get to my studio, I change out of my street shoes and into my working shoes, a la Mr. Rogers. I think it helps me focus and treat my art-making like a job. It's hard to find the right studio shoes though... I would definitely recommend the slip-on variety.
10. This is the Great Spirit Owl who watches over the studio and sends out positive vibes. I cut him out from a painting that wasn't working, and he's been the guardian of the workspace ever since!