What sort of things inspired you early on?
Well, when I was a kid, it was whatever I was watching on television. I grew up in the 80’s on Transformers and GI Joe cartoons, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Star Wars. It was kind of a hey day for stories which evoked a very certain kind of childhood fantasy. Now that I’m an adult, I guess I’m still inspired by those things. It took me a while to come back to all of that though, and realize that there’s some worthy subject matter to mine in the influences of my younger days.
Did you have artist that you look up to? Who were they?
Oh, of course, but there’s too many to name. I studied some art history in school, which was tremendously influential, but also, after a while, turned into kind of a burden. I reached a point where I needed to let go of all of my influences and figure out what I wanted to say on my own. I’m sure every artist goes through that. These days I mostly look to my peers. I’m really excited by things other artists working now are doing. There’s a ton of great stuff out there.