“Lucky (Modified Guilherme Troiano) 16″ x 20″ Oil on Linen 2016
How did you get into debt?
Student loans. My family helped me co-sign for them every year. My grandmother signed over the first year of college, and paid off the first year's debt before she passed away. My parents and wife are bound to the debt as well, It has been uncomfortable at times when they receive calls from debt collectors.
“Beauty of Omo Valley (From Origins series)” 30″ x 40″ Oil on Linen 2016
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Debt does not currently affect my art, and I'm determined to continue to work my hardest so that it never will.
“Goodbye Salute (Modified Obama)” 4′ x 4′ Paint on Wood Panel 2016 (Public Art)
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I'm not sure. There is a doom and gloom associated with it, but I don't see the debt having any purposeful influence to my work. I suppose I could afford a lot more in life if I wasn't chipping away paying monthly. A studio space? More travel? I could take bigger risks with materials.
“LIFE (Modified Joshua Rogers)” Oil on Canvas 20″ X 24″ 2016