Q+A
What’s your style?
Strong graphics and subtle details that encompass images of history, indexical sciences, sexuality, deities and monsters.
That being said, none of these things are prerequisites. They're just a few of the many things that I find visually (and viscerally) striking.

How did you get into it?
To an extent, I've always been into it. My level of involvement and excitement has evolved over the years, but a lot of the elements that resonated with me as a kid continue to do so. I think I'm still very much so getting into it.

How were you schooled?
I am a graduate of OCADU with a BFA in printmaking.

What’s your creative process?
Hope for the best, expect the worst, embrace the process, etc. It's not an A - Z formula, but is something really fascinating and nurturing. The thought of what is possible, and the direction that a project / exhibition will take, excites me to no end.
The process itself is likely similar to that of other artists / illustrators. Sketches, words and thumbnails are elaborated upon and eventually are taken to a stage where the final layout is refined. Elements might be substituted and a lot of decisions are made by the seat of my pants. The image itself can also dictate a lot of the process, because something that worked for the previous drawing might be detrimental to the current one. There is a lot of learning that happens on the fly.

What was the last book you read?
"Tales of Moonlight and Rain" by Ueda Akinari.

The title of your biography would be...
Man, that's a tough one. It would probably be a really terrible play on words. "Receding Heirline" or something. It would be full of made up events and diagrams of inventions that nobody needs. If you ever see it in a bookstore, just keep walking.

Think Big. What does that mean to you?
Embracement of that which lifts the veil off your eyes. The plane which awards stronger ideas, execution, and the awareness that you're becoming better. Thinking Big is all well and good, but it is something that can't be forced. You're not going to sit down and make bullet points on how to write a great song, for instance. You're going to raise your antenna and be open to any frequency that it picks up. It's something that is cultivated, but must also be nurtured.
It can be fragile, and not focusing properly can unravel something that was fueled by such strong euphoria. I suppose that, without honesty and devotion, Thinking Big can be overtaken by Feeling Small.

If you were a mythical creature, what would you be and why?
The Chimera is one of my all time favourites. It's attached to such a cool mythology. Sightings of the chimera were thought to be omens of disaster. I like the idea of a representing disasters with such awesome imagery. It's so abrasive , yet born of metaphor. A fascinating representative.

MacGuyver or Mcgruber?
I guess I'd go with MacGyver, for the exact opposite reasons that I chose the Chimera.

What keeps you up at night?
I have pretty silly sleep patterns for the most part, so it seems like everything keeps me up at night.
My drafting tables are in the same room as my bed (which I guess is technically my bedroom), and knowing they're there in the dark can make it really tough to unwind.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I won a spelling bee in the second grade. It was my peak. I'll never spell as well as 7 year old Nik did.


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