I feel like an all-around idiot--er artist. I do stuff. Light through glass photos, ink pen and paper craft designs, music, etc. Just like with computers, at least for the time being, I feel like I have to make art to survive, so the problem or question for me isn’t what art I should create but rather how. I try to notice the technique. For me it’s all about how the hands make the art, not what they are making or why, really. The what will appear, and the why is anyone’s guess.
I enjoy astronomy, Buddhism, technology, mathematics, humor, and most kinds of music.
At the age of eight, inspired when the Garfield comic strip came to the local newspaper, I began teaching myself to draw by tracing Garfield’s face. Later in childhood I was exposed to live music for many years while my father and uncle were in the popular Central Illinois-area rock band Starry Eye. Even though I’d been more attracted to sounds that droned and sustained like Indian sitars and church organs, the first instruments I would professionally play were the much more accessible drum set and electric guitar. Music very much influences all of my art, since I’m often under the influence of music while I work or I’m actually incorporating it into the work itself.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University—with departmental honors—and went on to graduate studies in English, also at ISU, during which time I was a student of Curtis White as well as David Foster Wallace, to whom I once taught basic calculus. My writings and drawings have been published in Druid’s Cave, The Sangamon Star, and by other journals, ‘zines, and websites which I now cannot recall. I co-hosted the comedy radio program The Alleged Show with my brother, Aaron, from 2009 to 2019. An active member of The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space from 2016 until 2020, my artwork has been part of exhibitions there and at the University of Illinois Springfield. I also contributed music, sound effects, and bit part acting to the internet show The Studio Show.