How did you get involved in NFT/Web3?
At the beginning of 2021 I heard the term NFT for the first time. I dug into it a little and was amazed at the possibility to create originals from my digital paintings. I minted my first artwork on Ethereum but discovered the environmentally friendly blockchain Tezos shortly after and the rest is history.
What is your process/ how do you find inspiration?
I try to attend life drawing sessions every week which act as a constant inspiration. My painting process varies but these days I often fill a whole mood board of snippets I’ve discovered like black and white photography, interesting faces, older art of mine and that of other inspirational artists. Then I put on an album by Tamino Amir and start putting marks down.
How did you get involved with Kamp Kilmer?
The lovely Laurence Fuller approached me about interpreting one of Val's Poems in painting and as soon as I read the poem I knew it was for me.
Tell us a bit about your collaboration with Val Kilmer.
The poem I got to interpret was dark and melancholic, which is my favourite direction in art. I used several images of Val as reference but buried most of his face in shadow as if trying to dodge judgement. The slouched figure is surrounded with hazy brush marks to emphasize the atmosphere of apathy and indulgence. Laurence's performance fits this atmosphere perfectly.
Anything else you would like to add?
I have spent most of this past year experimenting with digital brushes and textures, so even if it looks traditionally made, this piece is painted with a stylus and a simple graphics tablet.