Artborne Magazine July 2016 - Page 18

year here. Because I got my associates degree in high school, I went straight into my core classes here at UCF. I really missed math and I wanted the ease and the --- what word am I looking for? The... knowing you’re going to be successful. The... what’s the word I’m looking for? I’m not sure. I just wanted to know that it was going to be successful. You know? If I had switched, well I switched into wildlife biology, but then that seemed unrealistic with what I wanted to do with my life. So I devoted myself to this and eventually I did the painting Detracting Light and that really started everything. And it kinda got me on this… got this ball rolling. So physics? And biological sciences. Is that what you said? Wildlife Biology Wildlife biology. That’s obviously... you’re obviously passionate about that. What made you decide that art was more... was more of your career path then the sciences? I think I just felt like I had to do it. It was something that I knew I was good at, and if I really knew that I could do it, it would work out. And I… like I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. So I just decided to incorporate the different subjects I like into my art. You recently had your work at the Henao Contemporary Center, was that your first show outside of UCF? Yes. I’ve had shows in UCF and related to UCF. But that was my first. I’m going to get an MFA eventually. Probably Nebula, acrylic, chalk, & pencil on canvas Variable Space 2, acrylic on canvas take one or two years off. I’m going to get an MFA and I’m thinking about an MBA because I want to start a teaching studio one day. So what are your goals the next couple of years since you’re going to take a break? Just keep showing, and try to live off of my art, and build a really good body of work to apply to an MFA program. Because I really want to get paid to get my masters... or at least not have to pay. There’s some good programs in Illinois. Are you trying to stay in Florida for your MFA? I kinda want to go to RISD. Which I probably won’t get a full ride to RISD. We can hope, huh? Yeah, but I’ll probably get a scholarship to go there. And I think I have a New England influence on my aesthetic. In what way? I think my subject matter or my houses are very Florida, but I think aesthetically I belong in the Northeast. Instead of being around all this Miami art, which I appreciate, that’s just not what I do. Of course. So how does that make you feel? Knowing you’re new in the game? I think everyone has to go through that. And I just have to prove it – to any potential investors – that I’m going to stick with it. I devoted my whole life to this, so hopefully, other people will realize that. You only need a couple people to support you before it starts working out. 17