What brought you into making art?
I’m not quite sure; it’s just something I’ve always loved to do. I think I also happened to be surrounded by some incredibly supportive family members and teachers at a very young age who probably convinced me I was better at it than I actually was, but it certainly persuaded me to keep at it.
You grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and then moved to New York to study at NYU. What was that transition like?
I remember it being incredibly exciting and slightly traumatic. I visited New York City for the first time when I was 16 and had my heart set on going to NYU ever since. Serious tunnel vision. I was elated to be in my dream city, but I also didn’t have any friends here yet, and I didn’t know my way around. But honestly it didn’t take long before I found my footing. Instantly I knew I was in the right place. It wasn’t just being inspired about art; it was about being inspired by life forms.
The time-lapse videos of your work as it evolves are incredible and mesmerizing. Walk us through your process.
Thanks! Usually it’s too distracting to set up a camera while I’m actually drawing, but after I get a piece scanned and into Photoshop, having documentation of the whole process can be really helpful for coloring a piece. I usually don’t have a totally clear idea of what I’m doing with color when I start so it’s nice to be able to take video and then scrub backwards. Sometimes I find I’ve actually solved a piece an hour ago and need to revert. It’s not a science or anything, it’s just a way for me to be more aware of my process and learn from my mistakes.