Your studio is located in the heart of Hollywood. As you said in an interview with ARCHIVE , you just walk out of the studio and get inspired by what's going on around you. So, tell us more about that. How does the neighborhood of your studio inspire you? Describe any recent examples of your sources of inspiration?
As a figurative artist, I am inspired by the diverse and eclectic cast of characters that make up the streets of Hollywood. From tourists on holiday to long-time residents and the city's over-tolerance of urban camping enthusiasts, these interactions bring a unique energy and tension to the public space. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, each with its own sense of glamour, showcased in everything from convertible tour buses to piles of graffiti-covered rental scooters. The streets are filled with familiar sights, made iconic through years of location filming, and the warm air and distinct light of Los Angeles make it a character in and of itself.
However, there is also a duality to the city, between the exterior and the interior, that can be seen in its architecture and inhabitants. It can be challenging to judge a book by its cover in Los Angeles, as there is often a disconnect between what is presented to the world and what lies beneath. This duality provides a rich source of visual investigation for a figurative artist like myself, who is drawn to the layered identities and complexity of the city.