Los Angeles Untitled
Piece description from the artist
View of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA.
Dare to be an artist is a motto that I took from Katselas. It's scary stepping into a boxing ring to fight. There's a lot of fear, but you have to move through it. Being an artist is the same, it's sometimes tough to reveal yourself, show your heart, show who you really are, but when you move through it you feel great. There's a rebirth. That's where fighting and art meet in the middle. It took me some time to understand this concept. When I first started as an artist, I didn't want to be vulnerable. I wanted to be impregnable and strong. As a fighter I'd been trained to keep my hands up, trying not to get hit by anything. But that's impossible in life. Art challenges you to reveal your flaws. It demands that things land on you so you can feel it. Now I try to keep my hands down and get knocked out each time I go to the canvas. We should all get knocked out in one way or another.