Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to school to be an architect.
Went on a trip with Roadtrip Nation, taught myself to screenprint.
Studied abroad, and traveled traveled traveled... by myself.
Dropped out of architecture - decided to get my fine art degree.
Worked a lot of different jobs, but kept art as a regular part of my life.
Made the jump to being a full-time artist when I saved enough money and spirit.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Arundel High School
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
University of Maryland-College Park

Career

Printmaker

I make fine art screenprints of mountains and other landforms.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Travel
Being Creative

Day to Day

A great day at work has me getting to the printshop at ten in the morning, with a cup of coffee and an iPhone full of new music to jam to. I spend the first hour getting everything set up, and the layouts for each print ready to go. The other four or five hours is all printing. Screenprinting involves a lot of downtime while you wait for things to dry or chemicals to run their course, so I get a lot of sketching done in between. Then, it's time to clean the studio so it's beautiful for tomorrow.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find a way to see as much as you can. If you want to be an artist, you need to build up your visual memory, dictionary, knowledge, insight, and acceptance. Go look at work by other printmakers, painters, sculptors, fashion designers, carpenters, etc. etc. Especially look at work that's different from your style. And make your eyes work every day - don't just superficially look at stuff... REALLY look!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You know this is just a hobby, right? You should stop this."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student