Q: Tell us about your beginnings as an artist, when did you begin to draw or paint?
A: As early as I can remember, I made art. At age 5 I was making Dinosaur Dioramas in shoeboxes and Pop-up Dinosaurs made of paper. Did I mention I like Dinosaurs? I always drew, but didn’t start painting until the age of fifteen.
At age eight I started doing flip-pad animations. They started simple, just a ball bouncing. They evolved into seemingly always violent, but somehow hilarious scenarios, like a car crashing into a tree. One animation is of a surfer being eaten by a shark and features an early use of my present “above and below“ motif, which has always fascinated me.
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