TP: With my work, I’d describe it as adventurous. The goal for a lot of my work is to inspire others to get outside and find adventure, peace, and to be able to get that feeling of being “free”.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
TP: I draw my inspiration from a lot of designers’ work. Specifically, Sam Larson is one of my big inspirations. His designs and the process he uses to create is incredible. Alongside that, I find inspiration in nature, being alone, and chasing the feeling of freedom.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
TP: My process always starts with the consideration of if I would enjoy the process of creating it. Second, I consider the perspective of a possible viewer and how they will take in the project or piece. From there, I’ll move forward with what is realistic to accomplish given my resources.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
TP: Similar to how I’d describe my work from the first question would be what I’d like people to take from it – the feeling of inspiration to get outside, find adventure and peace, and to feel “free”.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
TP: Being an artist is pretty hard at times. Perfectionism is always a thing to consider and can be incredible stressful when you don’t think a project is good enough to deliver, post online, or share with friends. The entire process of creating and trying to be original is a battle. Even though I haven’t been a full-time artist for a long time, I can already see the pros to it. I get to create and work on projects with friends and colleagues as my job.
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?
TP: I think it’s always best to work from a plan or direction. Without direction as a guide, the vision can be skewed in the creation process and it may be more confusing/ more difficult in post production to finish the project.
TP: I’ve learned to not take anything too seriously and to just have fun. As much as a project can stress me out, it’s always best to just let go of whatever is bothering me.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
TP: Not always! It’s definitely important for the work I create by myself, but is hardly considered when working with others. Collaborating is one of the greatest things about being an artist. A collaborative project may not always take on your personal style or taste, especially when someone else’s vision is much stronger than what you may have had for the project idea.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
TP: Getting over self-doubt is really hard for me. Acceptance is something that everyone wants and is especially hard when being transparent and vulnerable by showing your work.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
TP: I touched on this before, but being able to create and work on projects with your friends is amazing. Seeing my close friends in their element, doing what they love, can’t be matched by any other feeling.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
TP: Again, I previously touched on this as well, but Sam Larson, the designer, is a huge inspiration to me.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
TP: Technology is incredible. A huge part of being an artist is the want/need for you to get yourself out there and have your work be seen by others. It has crippled some in the creation process since most are consuming much more than creating, but it is generally a really good thing for all of us.
TP: Not necessarily. My mom, who has a brilliant mind and is very creative, is a Special Education teacher. Even though her job title doesn’t reflect a “creative path”, her work ethic and creativity runs parallel to many of my friends who have followed creative career paths.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
TP: I love traveling! I just finished a cross-country trip for a project called Pilgramers, where we shot a documentary that showcased individuals and organizations in different communities that were actively collaborating. During the trip, we stopped in San Francisco to shoot a part of our story. That city, it’s people, and the area is incredible. I’d love to live there some day.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
TP: My favorite author is Jack Kerouac, but my favorite book is changing all of the time. Currently, I haven’t gotten over Essentialism by Greg McKeown. That book changed my life. Please go read it.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
TP: I’d love for my work to exist in more physical spaces, rather than digital ones. I’m not sure how that will take shape yet, but I’ll be scheming.
TP: The word “artist” carries a lot of meanings. For me, it means creating the best iteration of original work you can and showing that to someone in a transparent and honest way.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
TP: Nope! I feel as though my aesthetic was explained a lot through my process and mindset.
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