People often ask, "so, what are you up to?" Here's how I'm spending my time lately.
I'm in the studio most days painting. You can check out my latest work here.
I've been collaborating again with my friends at Toronto-based ROLLOUT, creating new collections of commercial grade wallpaper for their clients. Motifs include cows, lollipops, florals and more. You can see some of my latest designs here.
I'm preparing for a number of upcoming exhibitions at galleries and art fairs over the course of the next few months. It's been especially fun doing the art fairs, which are a pretty new experience for me. You can see a schedule of upcoming events here.
I've been writing songs since I was in high school, and for awhile after college made sort of a living performing as a solo acoustic act on the east coast. These days I mostly write and record with my friend Barry Keenan of the band Invisible Poet Kings. Our indie-pop duo Not A Bus had a minor hit with the song Google Is My Brain, which was a big favorite on Stanford College station KZSU, and was written about in the Los Angeles Times. You can listen to our music here.
My ongoing journal project, started my first year of college, is where all of my ideas for paintings, songs, and pretty much everything else first find their way out of my head and into the physical world. They are a mixture of diary, sketchbook, scrapbook and to-do list. The secret to keeping a journal going, I've found, is to have it with you all the time, and not feel like you have to write or draw in it every day. I'm currently on volume 41.
I'm constantly reading. Right now I'm in the middle of, and really enjoying, Josh Kaufman's wonderful book The Personal MBA, which was recommended by Derek Sivers (thanks, Derek!). I'm reading it on Kindle, but will probably get a hard copy of it so I can mark it up, analog-style. Before that I read Jonathan Franzen's amazing new novel Purity. I got to know Jonathan years ago (way pre-Corrections) when we were residents at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and have been a huge fan of his ever since.
We have two seasons here in Los Angeles, Summer A and Summer B. I especially like Summer B (which is when much of the rest of the country has something called "winter." The cooler weather has been great for biking and hiking, and a good excuse to get out of the studio once in awhile.