I was born in Ventura, California, but moved to Wichita when I was 10.
I am a visual art major with a concentration in painting.
What brought you to KU?
I wanted to stay in state, and all of the colleges in Wichita didn’t really have fabulous art programs. I heard really good things about KU from my previous art teachers at Butler County Community College. When I visited the campus the first time, I thought it was
pretty cool, especially with all of the trees and hills. Honestly that was a big draw, the trees and hills.
When did you know you wanted to pursue visual art?
When I was a senior in high school I’m pretty sure. Though I’ve contemplated switching majors a lot, just because I feel weird a lot of the times making art around so many people and being known as an artist. It’s been getting easier though, and I’m glad I’ve stuck with it because I can’t really see myself doing anything else, except maybe working in a coffee shop or at Whole Foods. Even then, I’d still make art.
Which of your projects has had the most profound impact on you or others?
That’s hard to say because almost everything I do really makes an impact on me. Whether it be paintings, videos or whatever type of art that I find myself doing, it always feels like a journey when making something. My last video project called “Our Real Façade” was something that was a bit more personal and along the lines of what I think I would like say in my future videos. Like I said though, it really is hard to answer that question because each piece is unique and teaches me something.
How do the arts have an impact on your daily life outside of the classroom?
For me there is no difference between inside the classroom and outside the classroom. You don’t make art for art school, you make art because you just make art.
Who is your biggest inspiration either personally, professionally or both?
I really like David Lynch. I also really feel grateful to live in a place with a zen center and have two teachers there: Judy Roitman, a.k.a. Zen Master Bon Hae, and Stan Lombardo, a.k.a. Zen Master Hae Kwang.
Why do you think the arts are important?
It might be the only way to get a glimpse into how someone else sees the world. Everyone has a very unique way of looking at life and their own sort of knowledge on how they live it. Art is a way of learning something that can’t be taught through words alone.
What is your creative process like?
Paying attention to what’s going on and making art every day.
What message do you hope to communicate through your work?
I don’t know. I would like people to just look at it. If they enjoy it, that’s cool. If they don’t enjoy it, that’s cool too.
If you could invite five people, living or deceased, to a dinner party, who would you invite?
My aunt, Alan Watts, Seungsahn, David Lynch and Richard Diebenkorn, probably.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be and why?
“Do Your Best” by John Maus. I’d probably invite him to my dinner party too.