Language of Flowers 2017, brush pen, digital coloring, 11" x 14"
How did you get into debt?
Filling in the gaps between projects to pay bills and purchase of supplies to make more products.
Bandanña Collection 2016, brush pen illustrations, screenprint, 21' sq.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I grew up observing a very talented but starving artist type parent— a common stereotype. Artists have always had difficulty getting paid their worth, in part by a perceived low value for both skill and final product. I strive to earn the majority of my income from art and products that are my personal art on manufactured products but in doing so I'm very conscious of what will and won't sell, what I can invest in and what would be too frivolous. My economic reality creates a very day to day kind of existence. I don't think much about the bigger picture.
New Mexico Tea Towel 2017, pen and ink with pencil illustrations, screenprint, 19" x 33"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
My debt does not currently affect the look of my art but more so the volume I'm able to produce because of the limited time I have after the freelance jobs I take to pay my living expenses. I imagine that given no debt and more time I would be able to explore more ideas, materials and processes which would undoubtedly change the look of what I'm creating.
Spirit Animal Greeting Cards 2017, pen and ink illustrations, offset printing, glitter, 5" x 7"