Who were the artists you look up to when you were growing up? Who are your favorite artists now? Why do you like their art?
I think my first favorites were comic book artists like Todd McFarlane. Around that same time I discovered HR Giger via the Aliens movie. After that I discovered the artists of the early surrealist movement. I have so many favorite artists nowadays: Nicole Duennebier, Ryan Riss, Judy Pfaff, Jenny Morgan, Barnaby Furnas, Skinner, Erik Parker, Judy Fox, Kenny Scharf, Ryan Schneider, Amir Fallah, Martin Wittfooth, Gregory Jacobsen, Sinisa Kukec, Liz Craft, Wayne White, Ryan Travis Christian, Seamus Conley, Fulvio di Piazza, Mark Dean Veca, Tomoe Gokita, Robin Williams, Barnaby Whitfield, Julie Heffernan, Nicola Verlato, David Altmejd, Robert Hardgrave, Kim Keever, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Danielsson, Wangechi Mutu… jeez, so many, I could go on and on. I am attracted to grotesque, colorful, spectacular, and technically ambitious work that is more emotional than intellectual.