If you could delve into another artist’s mind and body for one day, who would it be, and what would you make?
I would have to say, without question, that Robert Rauschenberg has had the biggest impact on me as an artist. I feel that he was the most important artist of the 20th century. He experimented in all disciplines of art- photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and even performance art pieces that all had his distinct signature style. He was the artist that I thought took aspects of abstract expressionism and pop art and blended them flawlessly. I am also interested in pursuing sculpture, so I would work on his Combines if I were able to be in his body for a day. His Combines were beautiful 3-D collages made from garbage found on the streets of New York.
Who are some artists, (past or present), who have had a great influence on you and your work?
Past artists who have influenced me in no particular order are Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain, Stephen Shore, Mark Bradford, Jules DeBalincourt, Rosalie Gascoigne, Mimmo Rotella, Basquiat and Egon Schiele. Current artists in no particular order are Jeff Schaller, Jane Maxwell, Melody Postma, Brandon McLean, Damien Hirst, Vik Muniz, Evan Hecox, Phil Frost, Thomas Campbell, Randall Reid, Barry McGee, Ted Larsen, Ed Ruscha and James Rosenquist. There is so much great art being produced today it is hard to keep up on all of it, but I try.