What’s your process from start to finish when working on a painting?
It really depends on the type of painting. For the pieces like the CTA project, I try and sketch out the composition on the canvas. I then will block in the main colors. Then shade and add the highlights. Then outline last. I really try and use references as much as possible to make sure my shading looks right. However I do still improvise with my own style. For the abstract pieces, I just lay down the color I have left over from my brush while painting other pictures. I just spread the paint all over with canvas with no specific technique. Eventually the background develops a cool layer/color relationship. From there I create my characters and objects. Shade. Highlight. Outline. Then adjust colors as neede.
What inspired the artistic direction in this show?
Well I think the artistic directions was in two parts. In regards to the art hanging up, that was all curated by London and Mick Jenkins, both amazing artists in their own right. They are brother and sister who own and operate WeSpace Chicago. I showed them all my art and they chose what they thought fit the best. The title and theme came from me. "In Search of Something More" is an idea I've been thinking about a lot lately. Specifically for me, that something more is my joy. I think a lot of our lives are run by that one thing we are looking for, Things like love, God, fame, inner peace, etc... They influence our decisions and actions. As of late, my uplift art has been a reflection of that. The character on it's journey looking for whatever it's looking for.
What songs or artists were you playing the most while painting for the show?
I love everything Chicago. That's a lot of what I listen to. Off the top of my head...Cam O'bi (His whole soundcloud), Malcolm London (Right Away Series), Shawnee Dez (Slipped Up), Daryn Alexus (Homesick), and Vic Mensa (Innanetape) were some artists I listened to while painting the pictures hanging at the show. Also Leon Bridges (Coming Home and River), Lianne La Havas (No Room for Doubt Youtube Video), and my Spotify playlist.
While working on the painting of the commuters traveling on the train, what were something you learned about them or humans in general?
People are willing to be vulnerable, even if you're a complete stranger.
Are there any plans in your immediate future?
I'm coming out with the 3rd CTA Project very soon and I have a group show coming up at YCA. Other than that, I plan to to step back and really practice my technique and become a better artist. I don't plan to have any shows soon until I really hone my painting skills.