People often ask, "so, what are you up to?" Here's how I'm spending my time lately.
One thing I'm really excited about is the release of my first coloring book! It's called Carousel, and it features 20 intricate line drawings based on the horses, menagerie animals and design motifs of four classic American merry-go-rounds. It's geared toward grownups, but older kids might like it too. You can see all the drawings, and order the book on Amazon, here.
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. My latest collection is called Stripes Are The New Stripes. You can check all of them out 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 42.
Right now I'm in the middle of, and really enjoying, a slow re-read of one of my favorite books: David Foster Wallace's mind-bending novel Infinite Jest. One of the pleasures of re-reading, for me, is that I already know most of the big themes and events, so I can pay more attention to foreshadowing, and nuance.