EJ: My artwork is every changing so it is hard to pinpoint a certain style, although I am drawn to floral, digital elements particularly mixed media.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
EJ: The internet! I follow so many inspiring creatives online and it motivates me all the time. I also find myself being inspired when I take the time to slow down and appreciate the little things.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
EJ: A lot of my projects vary. At the moment I am working on a print collection to sell online. I generally start writing down themes and concepts and then going through them and trying to understand why that concept could work (also why it’s important to me as an artist). There is a lot of refining, editing and marketing planning that goes into the product once it’s finished.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
EJ: I think it’s amazing to inspire other people, to motivate them to create. A friend told me that recently and it made me so proud. It’s a domino effect really, creating beautiful things.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
EJ: I’m a freelance graphic designer so my days really vary. The past few months I have been working 7 days a week, so lately I have been taking the time to slow down. To spend time with my partner and create for myself is a big thing. It’s really easy to burn out when you are constantly creating for other people and running with their ideas.
EJ: Both! I find that I work best when I have creative freedom; however, I always am open to discussion & criticism. I think it’s important to grow.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
EJ: Like I just said, learn to take criticism. It’s hard for people to tell you that but you should appreciate the ones that do.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
EJ: It is important, in a world of social media it’s so easy for someone to steal my work and style online. However, taste is something I believe comes naturally through your experiences and personality, which is something that can’t be stolen.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
EJ: I put a lot of pressure on myself to always be bigger & better which can be hard sometimes.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
EJ: Expressing myself in a creative way! I’m so passionate about getting your thoughts out on paper. Your work really resonates the mind.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
EJ: I do a lot of digital art so my ipad pro was an amazing investment. It takes away the time consuming process of transferring from paper to digital. The adobe suite is also essential for my work.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
EJ: I think it allows you to try and look at things differently, turn things on it’s head. You always have to mix things up as an artist to grow.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favourite city?
EJ: I love so many cities I don’t think I could choose!! Melbourne has my heart though.
CH.89: Do you have a favourite author or book?
EJ: I love James Frey endlessly. A Million Little Pieces & A Bright Shiny Morning are really insightful books that will swallow you up as you read them.
EJ: Like I said before I am hoping to finish my collection & get it online, I also have an event I’m contributing to in the next few months.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
EJ: Your blood by @louparkermusic, I’m currently designing his new album artwork so getting the inspiration flowing. He is one to keep an eye on.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
EJ: It’s hard to pinpoint a certain aesthetic but at the moment it is very pink.