ENDANGERED: Fine Art & Photography Contest 2018 Submission.
With the inspiration of music and the nostalgic memories of my turbulent teenage years, I've utilized my self-taught techniques, spawn from urban doctrines, in an effort to create art that evokes an honest & hopefully profound emotional experience.
Growing up bi-racial (Samoan/Dutch) in the predominantly white suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, I fabricated a self-perception of pariahdom. Tormented with that angst and confusion at such a young age, I was fortunate to discover that the arts were a perfect way to express the frustrations of my cultural identity. Through my artistic explorations, I realized my auto-didactic ability, which evolved into experimentation with various types of art-forms, including graffiti and tattoo work, but no medium has captured and retained my affections as strongly as drawing with a ballpoint pen, hence being my central focus for most of my artistic career.