Just a little behind the scenes action for you. I grew up in a typical horrible suburb of Los Angeles full of teenage angst. Not sure when the whole "dark art" thing started, but I'm sure a large portion of it I can thank R.L. Stine and his GOOSEBUMPS books or for my mother letting me be Wednesday Adams for Halloween in 3rd grade. I became fully obsessed with Halloween by age 6, which lead to my insane love for Dia De Los Muertos as an adult and death, life and decay. Now all you can get me to do is watch anything that has to do with horror, or scaring myself. Being scared is the ONE thing that makes us feel like we're still alive, make our heart's beat like its going to break through our rib cage, the one emotion that isn't dead in all of us. I paint the one last emotion that lives in me. Something we can all relate to. Even if you believe deep down you are no longer afraid of anything, when you were 4 you would run and jump to your bed when the lights turned off just incase there was anything under your bed trying to reach out and grab you. We all remember that. I just capture it.
Behind my photography, I can't remember when I didn't have a camera in my hand. My mother collected cameras and I have taken over the collection with time and added to it with digital and film of my own. I have boxes of film from growing up of countless film strips and filled memory cards of "i remember when"'s. My first year of college I took a photography class and fell in love with the dark room. Nothing is more exciting than taking a film shot and being patient on development to see what you captured, but instant gratification of digital is also a lot cheaper. That should be a life quote. I think I've always been afraid of forgetting, so photos are my way of never forgetting the best, worst, and in between of life.
I have turned myself somewhat "professional" and upped the bar for myself on creativity and drive, and I will never lose myself.