Individuals who trace or outline work that is already done, do you take their work seriously?
AM: Honestly...No, because it’s not their work. It is not fair to the original artist. Doing this doesn’t speak to who they are as an artist. If they were to take outlines or tracings, and use them to create something new; now that is a different story and deserves a bit more respect.
What is your creative process?
AM: It all begins with an idea. I love the human figure, so majority of my ideas come from movement, emotion, experiences, etc. of the human body. Once I have my idea and I sketch it out a few times, i do research; aka GOOGLE. lol. I love google. I try to find images that have some type of relationship to what I am trying represent in my piece. Once I have done my research I tend to refine my idea, and the rest is history.
Where do you find your inspiration for your work?
What motivates you?
AM: My inspiration is in the world around me. I get inspired by people that look interesting; as weird as that might sound. I get inspired by beauty itself and the creation of it. Now what motivates me is a bit different. I am motivated by all the people around me who have also decided that what they know is not enough. What they have seen is not it; and where they have been, does not have to be all they know. Also, I am motivated by God. He has blessed me with gifts, and I pray every day for the motivation and ability to reach my full potential.
What makes an artist?
AM: I think an artist is somebody that creates. If you have an idea, and you can turn that idea into something. Anything. Then you are an artist. However, the creation has to come out of you. Singers, photographers, designers, painters, writers, dances; these are all artist that create something by their talent leaving their body somehow.
For an artist, s it more beneficial to attend an Art school or regular university?
AM:: Artist tend to think a bit more organically, less black and white, than non artist. A lot of regular universities do not take their art programs seriously. However, when you attend an art university, everyone understands your way of thinking. Which is very refreshing. I attend VCUarts (Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts), and a majority of VCU students do not even know the extent of the program. So when in class, I am accepted, and outside of class i am weird. lol
“Everything you touch is art. Everything you know, has been created. How are there no jobs in a field that creates everything. If you think that art is not a real area to study, then open your mind; and try living without all of art’s benefits that you reap.”
What’s the weirdest thing that has inspired you?
AM: Well, I got inspired by the literal physical HIV virus. I do not have HIV, but the way the way the virus looks is very….interesting. lol I am currently working on a way to paint the way the virus looks without it being super clear that that is what it is. You would have to know what it microscopically looks like, for you to identify it.
What’s do you like about being an artist?
AM: I like having something to show. It is very satisfying, having worked so hard, then having an object that literally shows how hard you worked. Also, I like being able to pull emotion out of people.
Do artists perceive the world differently than “non-artists”?
AM: Yes definitely!!!!!!! To a non-artist, a empty cardboard box is trash.To an artist, its more than trash. It’s collage elements in their new painting, a huge pencil sharpener made out of cardboard and glue. It could be flattened and used to protect the floor from Jackson Pollack. Or we can just throw all of our SHIT in it. LOL. Lets just say, an empty box wouldn’t be empty in my house, I can always use box.
Are artists “born with” the talent, or is it learned?
AM: I personally think that you are born with talent, but you can learn skills. Anyone can learn how to draw. But it is what you do with drawing and the connection between eye and hand that can be a talent.
Do you find working in the art world hard?
AM: Yes and no. Yes because there is competition. That fear that somebody is better, never goes away for me. But working in the art world can be difficult if you are into sales, rather than providing a service. The world is full of people who want something specially made.