How are you like Chilly? It’s not an easy life being an illustrator. How have you kept at it over the years?

I always felt like I never quite fit in with my peers or my surroundings. I think that art made me feel like I was worth something. I had value. I also think that very reason is why to this day I can’t stop doing it.

Have you had any notable failures over the year that you’d like to tell us about?

Notable? No. And the reason is I’ve trained myself to forget them. Some sort of failure should happen every day, because that means you’re giving of yourself and trying. The fun fact is that when you try, you inevitably get better at whatever you’re doing. It’s just the way the brain works. It is programmed to learn: to succeed. The only thing we can do is get in its way.

What are your inspirations?

In the world I’m inspired by the people who battle unfathomable obstacles. The love and acceptance of other human beings gives me energy.

In art I’m inspired by how the artist’s brain can so beautifully translate feelings from a seemingly abstract abyss, which is the human mind. Life forces us to prioritize subjectivity out of the equation. Art (and I’m including storytelling in that category) fills that void.

What were you like as kid?

I was… interesting, because I don’t think anyone knew who I was, including me. I mostly floated around in a space of trying to perfect any trend the popular kids were doing, only to find once I got there that they’d moved on.

When did you know that you wanted to be an illustrator? Do you prefer to be called artist?

I do prefer to be called artist, because I see writer/storyteller as an artform. And I’m a storyteller and a visual artist. I just knew I had to do something to use my creativity and then I just tried to read the tea leaves.