Getting to the root of things to reach understanding.


Why I'm An Artist


I enjoy making things, but that's not what makes me an artist.

I am an artist because I ask questions. I am an artist because my values fuel my decisions. I am an artist because I fall in love with people, places, and ideas. More so than a maker, I am an observer, a seeker, and a challenger. My work is the response to the conversations I have been a part of. It is a return of value. It is a thank you.


On Value


I value curiosity. Artists don’t need to be starving, but we do need to be hungry. We need to desire more than we can accomplish in this life. We need to study and question constantly, to get out of our comfort zones, explore, and chase new discoveries.

I value the confidence to be genuine. To know and share who we are requires us not only to be self aware, but to be persistent in what we choose to do and diligent about who we become. What we repeatedly say becomes what we do and what we repeatedly do becomes who we are.

I value reciprocity. Infatuation is the elevator pitch--quick, shallow, and short-lived--because its perspective is one-sided. Love is the conversation. The act of returning love is vital to the depth of our understanding and the prosperity of our relationships.

We could replace the word “artist” in the above paragraphs with teacher, designer, engineer, human doesn’t matter how we title ourselves. The real point is that we live with intent.










Questions welcomed and encouraged.

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Photo Info:

Header Image, Counter Intuition, ink drawing by Jenie Gao from the 2015 series, "A Test of Vision."
Bio picture with Angelica in the solo show, Learning to See, at Ploch Art Gallery.


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