What inspires you?
Since I was very young I have written stories and poetry, and I think of myself primarily as a storyteller. I find inspiration in people and the every day; how people relate to each other, customs and rituals, and the cultural vernacular. I like to consider these themes against a larger backdrop of the human condition, of what it is to exist as a being in the world, in a universal and historical context. Artists I admire explore similar themes, for example David Lynch, George Shaw and American road photographers like Alec Soth and Todd Hido. I also read a lot of poetry.
Talk us through your process.
I draw and write constantly in sketchbooks, and the writing is a very big part of the process for me. I usually begin a piece with a feeling or an abstract idea of what I want to draw, but rarely with a complete image in mind. I like to use a brush and ink, felt tip pen and paint. For the final piece I usually take images directly from my sketchbooks and collage them together, either the old-fashioned way with scissors and glue or digitally. I am very spontaneous so collaging is best for me when I am working on big images. Once I have drawn something I like, I tend not to re-work it too much. I like the energy that you get with sketchbook work, and it is nice when things aren't perfect. When I am drawing or painting I often write little one- or two-line sentences or fragments of poetry to go with the drawings. I am a big fan of artists like Ed Ruscha, the collaborative work of Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, and Raymond Pettibon for their incorporation of text into imagery.