This is a great question that I could write/talk about forever, probably. I’ve always been into art, as long as I can remember.
I’m fortunate to have parents who nurtured the creativity in me when I was young, so I never had that cliché “well, time to get a real job” feeling. I always knew it was art or at least something creative. I studied journalism and writing initially as I’m really interested in ethics, but I couldn’t keep myself away from visual art and ended up pursuing it in college. I studied graphic design, painting, printmaking, sculpture… I wanted to learn it all. I love playing with new materials and I like not feeling bound by being “a painter” or “a cartoonist.” I like to vary styles by project and I love learning new techniques and using new media. Typography and words will probably always be a part of my work, and I’m grateful for my training in design because I think it helps set my skillset apart from people who study only one kind of artmaking.
In college I worked as a sign painter at Trader Joe’s, and I started getting freelance gigs doing that. I was eventually able to make enough money doing that to leave my day job and since then, I’ve really just been moving from project to project, forever. I love changing up my focus, trying new things, and really getting into the headspace of a project, then moving on to the next.
I think art became my career when I decided that I wanted all of my income to come from creative projects. Once I made that choice, there’s been no looking back!
Thanks for the great question!