In what ways has LAAFA helped you grow as an artist/designer?
Exposing me to different methods of working, from visual to construction methods, as well as to a network of friends and peers that help push me along.
Have you found any faculty members particularly inspirational or thought-provoking?
Ron Lemen for his untiring work ethic and kind words of confidence. Bill Rodgers for teaching us how to live a happy and fulfilling life, Sergio Sanchez for imparting his many words of wisdom.
What advice would you give a friend who was thinking about coming to LAAFA?
You get out what you put in — work hard to get the most out of classes.
What’s the most challenging aspect of studying art in general?
The discipline required to constantly study and practice.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far at LAAFA?
You’re responsible for your own growth. The teachers may have the information but it’s up to you to internalize it and to use it in your own way.
Have you had prior college experience before enrolling at LAAFA?
Yes, I earned my BFA at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 2009.
You’re not originally from Southern California. What surprised you most about the region?
How laid back the people were, and how dry the region is.