What sorts of places do you go to, or look to, if you get stuck?
When I get stuck, I usually just stop and take a break from what I am doing. Sometimes when you are working on deadline you don’t have the luxury of walking away for too long, but even a few minutes helps. Often getting stuck just means you are hating on your own work, because it isn’t what you thought it would be (and you’ve already been working on it for five hours straight). And sometimes just walking away, even for 15 minutes, helps. I walk a lot, sometimes I pace, or I clean, or distract myself in some other way, or talk to my studio mate about my frustrations. And then when I come back to it, I am not so stuck.
Is there a type of work you’d like to get your hands into?
I have been wanting to get into designing housewares and home décor. I recently got a gig designing dishware for a major company, and so I’m getting my hands dirty with that for now.
Looking back, do you wish you started making art earlier?
Sure, of course. But I also recognize that I wouldn’t be where I am without every experience in my life that came before the age of 31 when I first picked up a paintbrush. And in some ways I feel that I was had an advantage starting my art career in my late 30s. I had already learned so much about the way the world works.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Shit takes time. Keep working hard, don’t give up, and be patient. There is light at the end of every tunnel.