Age|Just turned 21
Hometown|La Jolla, California
What are your plans for the summer?
Anything and everything.
Favorite summer song:
“Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Plans to stay cool from the heat:
Rooftops, the Yard, parks, cold drinks all day and night, and of course good company to take my mind off the heat.
Favorite summer treat:
People would be surprised to know this about you:
If I couldn't paint I would want to be a marine biologist.
All clothing are vintage from the stylist's archives:
Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen, Y-3,
Helmut Lang and Number (N)ine.
When did you start painting?
I have been drawing since I was in diapers, but when I was five or six my teacher saw something in me and I started getting art lessons after school. I love it!
Who inspired you to get into painting?
I've always been driven to paint. My parents always pushed me to do what I love. Now beauty inspires me to paint, and if I get an image in my head I have to put it to canvas right away.
Are the subjects in your artwork people you know or are they professional models?
I use a mixture of models and friends. I've used girlfriends, friends, as well as models from fashion magazines and Playboy.
How often do you paint? Where do you paint?
I don't paint as much as I should, but when I do I paint in my living room or in the studio at school. I do my paintings very fast so I can move onto the next idea, image, concept.
What medium do you use and how large are your artworks?
Oil paints mostly, they are around 40” by 38”. I also do very large-scale watercolors where the figure is almost life-size. My sculptures are about the size of me. They are made with sheet Latex that I make and then sew together.
Could you tell us about some of your works and what lead you to paint them?
At first I look for the most exterior beauty, mostly because that is what attracts people to anything, and I don't want to ignore that fact in my work. Then once I have my subject I go into a painting and paint it as if I am creating a person by building up the flesh.
What's next, art-wise, for you?
I am going to move on to working on larger works so it is a struggle to complete and to work with the figure. I want to continue to challenge myself and to work with beauty and whatever inspires me next.