September 22, 2015
Tell us a little bit about your work as an artist. What was your first piece of art?
I used to watch my grandmother sew but she never thought to teach me; being a boy. I started to hand sew rather crudely at first and experimented with it. One of my first solo exhibits was at Washington Square Windows, part of NYU Galleries; I hand manipulated over 150 Vintage Cabinet Card Photographs from the early 1900’s. Through that exhibit I became acquainted with William M. Hunt and showed with him internationally and published in his Collection,“UnSeen Eye”. I also am in Cindy Shermans’ Collection as well. I became more and more intrigued by the workmanship involved in handmade and what some may consider a "craft" versus a “fine artwork”. I always felt the distinction between the two was not correct.
Some of your new pieces are stitched portraits. How long does it take to create one and what materials do you use?
I have been involved in the antique business for years and peruse flea markets, garage and estate sales; all sources of inspiration for imagery and materials as well. As far as new materials I look at notions and embellishments in Midtown such as Daytona Trimming & Pacific among many others.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere from nature to NYC streets.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created?
I am currently showing at Craig Krull Gallery in L.A. and working on a solo show for Spring 2016. I continue to work with Grey Area - Kyle Harding Dewoodys’ project. I also have a limited edition work with WhIspereditions.com located in NYC.
Favorite place to travel?
My favorite art museum is hard to say; it would have to include a few. The Louisiana in Denmark was totally amazing along with the restaurant; a work of art in itself! The Louis Vuitton Foundation, Whitney downtown and exploring the Metropolitan as well.