What does your typical workday look like in the studio
If I am unusually quiet (which only happens very rarely, since I have ADHD), it means that I am imagining something and I am concentrating hard on the story in my head. I write by hand with a pen and I can usually write faster than I can type. Once I have finished a first draft, I will go over it again to make sure that everything makes sense. The idea is that you get the feeling of how it was created.
How do you find inspiration for your work
Inspiration comes more from my life experiences. I take something I have seen, felt or done and then carve it into a sculpture. The mind is a wonderful place and can create so many things. I find inspiration from so many different things and when I am inspired it allows me to very easily switch between reality and my imagination. [To read the full question and answer to the “How do you find inspiration for your work”] The following are thoughts from the artist: How do you find inspiration for your work
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What are some of your favorite tools and materials to use
I am very fond of wood. I find it has so many different personalities to work with, and there are so many ways you can carve it. I also love stone, because there are so many different types that I can choose from to get the right texture and look that I want. My tools are important to me, and they have always been by my side. I can’t function without my tools. I know every tool I have from memory, and I can tell you exactly what I use each one for.
I’ve been using tools since the beginning of my career as an artist. If I was left without any tools, it wouldn’t do a thing for me because I’d still be creating in some way. Even if it meant using a rock to make jewelry. I could turn that rock into something that means something to me, and then to someone else by giving them that story.
Some of my favorite tools are a simple hammer, the best I could find; chisels; a saw to cut other pieces of wood down to size; a belt grinder to make my pieces smooth and level; and a self-made vice.
Any tips or advice for artists who are just starting out
For me, the most important thing is to make sure that you carve from the heart. That will bring your art to life. If you want to be an artist, then you can be one. It might take a while, but if you are determined enough and love what you do everyday more than anything else in the world, then you will succeed! Good luck!
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## Title:I am currently working on my first EP. I have been very inspired by what I have seen and read about you over the years.
## What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow a similar career path?
# I wouldn’t say I have a similar career path. I am just doing what I love and don’t really have another goal than to make music in the studio and perform.
How has your art practice changed over time
When I started out, I was a very shy and introverted person, but as time went on, I became more confident in my work and the amount of people that I have projects for has increased. It’s a lot of fun to see how happy my clients are with their custom statues or wooden furniture. I also look forward to doing different projects for different people because it’s a lot of fun. It’s an honor to do what I love and be able to share it with others.
‘trespassing on private land’ : “How does your work relate to the environment or other people?”
My work is made from wood and I use a laser cutter to create new shapes on my trees, which then become branches for my sculptures. My sculptures are about two-dimensional so I don’t go into the woods and take some of the plants out of there. When I work on my sculptures, I try to keep them in the same environment, which is in the woods. When they are in the woods, they are not causing any harm or damage to the trees and other plants. My statues also have a lot of character and look nice against the natural environment.
‘art installation’ : “How does your work relate to other artists?”
I am representing a high level of wooden sculptural art because it’s hard for me to find treasures for my sculptures. I try to make everything nice and detailed, which can be pretty difficult. I’m also doing things that other people aren’t doing so it’s more of an individual type of art.
‘business’ : ‘How does your work relate to business?’