How would you describe yourself as an artist? What is it that you would like to convey/communicate with your work?
As an artist I would describe myself as innovative. My hope is that my work not only speaks to the audience but rather it sparks conversation. I believe that life imitates art and all the experiences and emotions we have, even the hard ones, can be used to shape us into the best person we can be.
What are your artistic influences?
I frequently draw inspiration from a mood, or an experience. In these cases, the materials are selected based on a personal affinity, or an inner association.
What are your thoughts on the artistic scene and environment in Dallas? How do you see it evolving?
Dallas has the building blocks to be a city known for the arts. Thanks to Leaders of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Art Fair, the Dallas Contemporary and the Dallas Arts District to name a few, we are well on our way of making waves in the world of art.
What is your medium preference?
I often use crushed gemstones and jewels as a medium in my work. The gems are not only meant to provide embellishment and bling, if you will, but at times they are also meant to be sentimental. The use of jewels and precious stones in design is ancient. I have found that certain colors connect with and even inspire certain emotions. The primary goal in my use of gems and jewels in my work is to make an emotional connection with the client.
How would you classify your genre?
I would classify my genre as Contemporary mixed-media art.
Who is your favorite artist? Why?
God… Why? Isn’t its obvious.
Is there a place in the world that inspires you?
A place in the world that inspires me would be Florence, Italy… I love it’s gorgeous cathedrals with its crowning jewels. It is home to one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where many Renaissance masterpieces are housed.
Is there a creative medium that you would like to pursue but haven’t yet? If so what is it?
Absolutely! I would love to explore clay and metal casting.
What would be your dream project?
A dream project would be a project with no budget. A project that would allow any gem, metal or material.
Can you describe a single habit that you strongly believe attributes to your success?
A single habit that I strongly believe attributes to my success is discipline. Of course, you must have passion in this business. Passion is what helps you pursue your dream when times aren’t so peachy. However, discipline is an attribute needed to execute the plans in fulfilling your goals which ultimately lead to your dream.
What advice would you have given yourself as an emerging artist?
My advice I would have given myself as an emerging artist would be… TO BE BOLD! I would urge myself to have the courage to be different. The courage to believe that anything is possible. Art is not an easy business, it is not one that lends itself to procrastination, doubt, and unbelief. As important as creativity, inspiration and style are; these cannot and should not take the place or serve as substitutions for professionalism, friendliness and sure ambition. Do not be afraid to fail and refuse to settle.
Whats next on your agenda?
Next on my agenda would be the launching of my newest collection “Francisco”