year of birth: 1986
ountry: Canada (originally USA)
Q1: When did you start making art?
I started making art when I was very young. My parents tell me I first began making observational drawings around the age of four or five, but I didn’t begin practicing in earnest until I was in my early teens. That was when I decided to pursue art as a career.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Sometimes I’ll be inspired by color combinations or juxtapositions of imagery, but usually I try to work from a strong conceptual foundation. I keep a folder of art that inspires me, and whenever I’m feeling low on motivation I’ll look through it.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I’m a painter first, and my favorite genre tends to be magical realism. I work primarily in Photoshop.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I try to ask questions about identity and personal growth, and where that fits within society. Gender, growing up, and what it means to be human are recurring themes.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Whenever I catch myself using a color scheme too often, I try to do something completely different so that I don’t fall into a rut. That being said, I enjoy using tertiary colors, schemes with cool highlights/warm shadows, and anything that plays with lots of white. White is very reflective, and can be challenging to work with in a composition. I like challenges.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’m often too stiff and posed in my work. Part of that is deliberate, particularly for the more formal symbolic compositions, but sometimes I’m too literal in my realism. I have to remind myself to break away from the literal.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have a whole list of projects on my to-do list, but I’d like to self-publish an artbook at some point. I’ve been slowly developing a body of work to make that happen.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of EranFolio.
Introspective, Uncanny, Dreaming
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I think my parents probably have my very first work in a box somewhere, I can’t really link it. But the first digital painting I ever did was with a mouse, using an old photo-editing program that came with my parents’ digital camera in ’99, give or take. I painted a girl standing in a lake, with a spaceship launching from behind the mountains. That one is also lost, but I can still see it in my mind.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Not as much as you would think. I’ve learned a lot over the years, but painting is still painting.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Can’t it be both?