Someone/ something that you’re grateful to have in your life and why - I wanna say pencils and paper.  Without those I wouldn’t still be an artist. In all seriousness though, it’s my friends and family that I am most grateful for. I recently fell into a pretty dark place, and not drawing and even actively resisting it kept me real low.  Without their support I was close to giving up on it.  Again, art and life ain’t easy! 

Something you’re excited about - I’m crazy excited about how prolific queer comic artists and animators have become.  I never thought I’d see it beyond underground comic circles and zines (don’t get me wrong, those scenes are and still are vital and necessary).  I grew up in the 90’s, so my mindset is probably still stuck there when it comes to how open people are.  I’ve got high hopes for the coming generations of visual storytellers, and I’d love to be a part of it.

It would be dreamy to have - My own personal studio space.  Or a big warehouse with a ton of natural light and decent acoustics where a group of artists can create together.  Maybe, no definitely, a balcony and a cat. 

Anxiety of the week - Getting older and the increasing need for water and quality healthcare.  Am I getting enough exercise?! 

Ways you deal with other anxieties - Meditation tracks that actually give results, like breathing exercises.  Anything Somatic - pretty amazing stuff there. 

Something super surreal - Learning what brings you down and what brings you back up.  Once you’re aware of those things it’s super surreal to notice how your perceptions of the world really change. 

Other job that you had or have - I’ve been a barista for the past decade.  Still am, and it isn’t ideal (food service is exhausting) but it pays for supplies and projects.  And food. 

Cool artist you came across - Kris Anka, mainly an artist for Marvel.  They’re responsible for recent character re-designs all across the label and his style is so fresh.  It’s got this bold graphic quality yet somehow reads super-animated and complex. 

Tip/ message for art students -  Draw, write, sing and dance every damn day.  Art is in your blood,  but it is also a skill and a muscle you need to exercise, even when you really don’t want to.  Stay sharp and take care of yourself!