"If you have a passion or a dream, do not let anyone, ANYONE tell you that you can't pursue it or do it. If you believe in yourself and have the desire to put the work into your dreams and passions, then do it. "
Tell us about your work?
I'm a surreal artist and I turn ordinary stock photos into unique compositions using Adobe Photoshop. As a surrealist, I love to manipulate stock photos by adding multiple images together in creative ways, such as making double exposure edits, underwater forest scenes, or headless edits. Also, I will use different brushes in Photoshop to make edits as well such as a dispersion effect to make it look like a person or object is fading away. Although my work is very surreal, many of my pieces have a minimalistic style to them as well. Sometimes less is more and to be able to combine my love for minimalism into my surreal compositions, I tend to create some of the simplest, but most unique photo-manipulations.
What was the last thing you saw that inspired you to create?
The last thing I saw that inspired me to create was this blue jellyfish stock image. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it just yet, but my imagination is overflowing with endless possibilities.
We are living in strange times. What do you want to tell the people out there?
Protect your energy, protect your peace, and do not let fear consume you. I know many of us are afraid, but the best thing that we can to is to try and keep our heads straight because fear will make one act without thinking. Right now, it's best for us to reflect and go within ourselves and try and make this world a better place rather than create chaos. If you have a talent, a passion or hobby or even if you don't, find one. Create or put your time and energy into something positive.
Why is artistic expression so important, especially in times like these?
Artistic expression is so important, especially in times like these because art is a universal language, something we all can interpret and understand no matter who are or where we come from. In times like these, people tend to go against each other, but art can help bring people together.
If you would have a conversation with any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would absolutely love to have a conversation with Salvador Dali. I would like to know where his ideas came from, his artistic process and if he had any advice for us surreal artist.
What excites you about the medium you’ve chosen?
What excites me about Adobe Photoshop is that every time I open up this software to create a new photo-manipulation, I learn either a new technique, a new tool, or even a new style. There are no limits when it comes to creating in Photoshop. The possibilities are endless. As long as I have Photoshop, stock photos, and my imagination, I'm living in my own creative heaven.
What are some of the subject matters you like to touch on with your work?
Some subject matters I like to touch on with my work is personal growth and freedom. Personally, I have grown so much throughout these years and I know that no matter what, we are always traveling on a road to self-discovery and self-awareness. Whether we're aware of it or not, we are always growing as individuals and that change is inevitable. When it comes to freedom, I mean within ourselves and even in the outside world. I feel like once we free ourselves from our own thoughts and limiting beliefs and acknowledge that freedom starts from within, then it will alter our outer perception and how we see our own world.
What is the first place you’d like to visit once we get through this pandemic?
The first place I'd like to visit once we get through this pandemic is Paris! I've dreamed about going there since I was a kid. Last year I finally got my passport, so all I need is a plane ticket and I will be on my way. I really just want to explore the streets and visit some of their most famous art galleries and architectural monuments as well and of course stop by some of their most famous places to eat haha!
We are giving you an open platform. What do you want to tell the people out there?
If you have a passion or a dream, do not let anyone, ANYONE tell you that you can't pursue it or do it. If you believe in yourself and have the desire to put the work into your dreams and passions, then do it. Your dreams are possible to reach and you are capable of anything you put your mind and energy into. Do what you love and love what you do. This is your life and you only have one life to live, so how do you want to spend it?
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