What city has been your greatest inspiration?
My hometown, South Central Los Angeles is by far my greatest inspiration.
What or who do you look to when you have a creative block?
Whenever I find myself in a creative block, music is usually the first remedy I go to and if that doesn’t work, I try to watch some type of documentary that explores the life and process of an artist I admire. One of my favorites is the Netflix series – Abstract, and specifically the episodes on illustrator, Christoph Niemann, and photographer, Planton Antoniou.
Is there a teacher or mentor who has greatly impacted your life and/or art?
I’d say my mother has greatly impacted my life and was the catalyst to my appreciation for photography and art for not only exposing me to art at an early age – she also did her best to empower me to pursue my dreams…even if she didn’t quite understand them.
What’s a goal you’re working towards right now?
Last year I launched a newsprint publication called “Find Peace. Keep Peace.” which is essentially an exploration of inner-peace through art; currently, I’m working towards building up the publication and making sure I’m giving it the opportunity to reach its full potential.
Which book / film / album changed the way you think?
There’s 3 books that changed my perspective (and specifically on my artwork) – coincidentally, all of them are by Austin Kleon: “Steal Like an Artist”, “Show Your Work”, and “Keep Going”.