Niv: What was the school that you went to like? How did it influence your art or how have things changed since then?

Kyle: I went to MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)  in Baltimore. At MICA I studied sculpture  and it probably would have benefited me to study painting when I was there but I understood painting back then to be on canvas and it just didn’t work for me. My work changed dramatically since I finished school - I did a lot of metalwork there.

Niv: Can you describe that transition from abstract to figurative?

Kyle: The problem I had with my abstract work was that there wasn’t any content. It was a lot of making without thinking. If you don’t have a very specific abstract visual language, it can kind of be like spinning your wheels. But with figurative work you can express your life in a very real way. You’re pulling things that you’re seeing in culture and actual people around you. There’s a lot of really great abstract painters like Angela Heisch. She’s a contemporary of mine and I really love her work. She does little gouache paintings that smartly recall tight architectural spaces, or theater sets, although they are not explicitly these things. Her subtle use of color adds perspective to what can be a flat use of shape. Eric Shaw is another abstract painter I admire.