It evolved over a few days and weeks. And over time, the name came to fit with a lot of my work. I want to highlight the darkness that's around us. My work often features bright colors and bold patterns that might be common in luxury items or fashion (hence lux), and I like using these along with images that depict people as darker beings, possibly with bad intentions (hence dirt).
Raised in rural Texas by abusive and wealthy Christian families, it was expected of me to silence my voice on matters of abuse and negativity, while at the same time championing the values that supported the environment of suffering. Choosing to no longer participate in this culture, I aim to speak up and share who I am and what I see. Through Dirt Lux, I display the darkness, cruelty, beauty, and vulnerability that I am made of and that I observe in our world. I choose not to deny my need to speak up and scream about what I see, feel, and cause.
Yes and no. I often draw from life -- meaning I'll sit in a public space, such as a cafe or train station, and draw people as they walk past. But often people are not posing for me or standing still, so I improvise with their features. I work in a style that's very loose, so while the drawings may be based on real people, the end result is often intentionally distorted by my hand.
No, I focused on metal smithing in art school. After a 6-year career in the jewelry industry, I decided to work in a different medium. I like how immediate painting and drawing are. I want to be able to do it wherever I am, and I don't like requiring an expensive set-up or toxic environment (which jewelry requires) to get my work done. i also enjoy the process of creating imagery. Also, I haven't completely given up sculptural art and metal work.
Yes. I'm definitely open to commissions but would require a large degree of creative control. I like to do work for people who support my style and vision rather than using my skills to realize their own vision.