TC: Melancholy bubble gum with a flare for Magical Realism seems a fitting description of my work. For me, artwork has always been an inward thought or concern, often forming in some sort of liminal state, so it is rooted in reality but filtered through a dream.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
TC: Inspiration is like being attacked by a swarm of bees, it comes at you from all directions and stings you where you least expect it.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
TC: Better get busy because this is going take awhile!
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
TC: Yes, everything is thoroughly considered even if it looks like chance.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
TC: I live simply and thoughtfully, trying to avoid losing an ear.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
TC: Sketchbooks are great for wandering ideas and impulses, but if you are going to invest time and money into a bunch of materials it’s best to have a map.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
TC: Weigh your options before taking out student loans, become entrepreneurial in your practice and find your own ways to become successful.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
TC: I can’t keep up with fashion, it changes too rapidly. And remember, everyone’s tastes are different, so the more foods you like the more dinners you will be invited to.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
TC: Never having enough time to work.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
TC: Having almost complete control of an object.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
TC: I respect artists that have had very long careers. David Hockney always comes to mind.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
TC: Use whatever you need to in order to be most effective; however, don’t forget to trust your eyes, hand and heart.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
TC: Not at all, it just means I put mine on canvas and paper.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
TC: I enjoy all cities but enjoy getting out of them just as much.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
TC: I have always enjoyed Virginia Woolf, and she was a friend of the Bloomsbury artists. I love to say, “Bloomsbury” it rolls off the tongue.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
TC: I’m looking forward to when it will be exhibited on Mars!
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
TC: Creating things that can go unnoticed but are around when people need them most.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
TC: It makes any sofa look great!
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