- Give us a personal background on yourself? (Where are you from, where do you reside, what’s your preferred medium? Are you a cat or dog person? We want to know!)
Born and raised in South Florida, I’m a Miami-Dade County bred creative using photography as a medium for story-telling, stamping moments in time with a visual memory. My work is mainly in producing and executing creative projects, helping brands to tell stories that represent different cultural insights.
- How did you first start your journey towards becoming an artist?
I’ve always been a creative person but I first picked up a digital camera Senior year of highschool, 2015. I had a brand called 1hunna, it was positioned to be the modernization of Transcendentalism (that’s a tangent for another day). We were designing, screen printing and selling-out merch all throughout the high school.
- When was the first time you really saw yourself as an artist?
In elementary school I would go up to the front of class with that b&w hardcover composition journal and read my narratives aloud to make the class laugh. Class clown but make it shakespeare. I consider photography a technical art, the success of the photographer is dependent on their ability to utilize the tool in a way to showcase their talent, style, creativity,.. I’ve never considered myself an artist. I am a creative person and the methods of my expression are boundless but I respect art and amazing artists in history too much to stand in that light.
- What do you think new artists struggle with the most nowadays?
The struggle with the evolution of new media is standing out and claiming personal identity. Music, Visual, Dance no realm in art right now doesn’t have a million hits under the hashtag. So many people are creating, inspired by the few who influence the masses, genuine individuality or rather the exploration of it is harder to spot. Being yourself is fighting the trend.
- How did you learn how to set a price on your art/craft?
I’ve done so much free work and paid work. It just took time and experience to know how to value my time and service.
- What has been your favorite piece that you’ve created?
My favorite piece would be @ccsaigemills, It’s a curated gallery of my work, collaborations and affiliates.
- Who’s one of your biggest sources of inspiration right now?
This guy @byseanbrown
- If you could pick one of your pieces to represent you as a person, which one would it be and why?
I love natural Florida. I made a diptych featuring the state butterfly, Yellow Zebra Longwing.
- What has been your happiest moment as an artist?
Selling my first print.
- Have you ever made any mistakes in the industry that have taught you a valuable lesson?
Time. Always show that you value people’s time, including your own.
- If you were a dessert, what dessert would you be and why?
Red Velvet Cheesecake: Sweet, Rich, Bold.
- What kind of music do you like to listen to when you work?
UK Hip Hop or Neo Soul.
- What’s your least favorite trend at the moment?
Meaningless TikTok/IG Challenges.
- If you could design a home out of literally any material, what would your house be made out of?
Champagne bottles and Limerock.
- If you could leave us with one thought, what would it be?
Find out how you can facilitate your own expression but from a communal perspective. Whatever you do, do it for yourself and your world, not your immediate world but the greater.