I am very happy when I daydream.
As a kid I wanted to be an artist; my mother wanted an architect. She thought an artist’s full-time occupation was starving and freezing. Luckily for me, this century made more room for artists, and I’m glad.
Moving around a lot in my life has meant a wealth of imagery to draw inspiration from; a storehouse that my rational side dips into when I look for something unique to bring expression to an idea.
I love that my work means I am constantly researching and gathering new ideas as well as new techniques to better express them. I greatly value the design education that taught me to think, push past the impulse to go for the first, easy and obvious answer and allow the solution to emerge from the process of exploration and philosophy.
In my professional life I am currently a concept artist at Weta Digital. During my career, I’ve moved from previz to special effects and back to the start of the process again with concept art, which I have found to be the right part of production for me. What I love are ideas, and taking them from words without form to images that arrest and inspire.
Throughout the years, I have been blown away by the generosity, support and encouragement of fellow artists who have willingly shared their knowledge and expertise. This has included working with film heroes, anti-heroes (who shall remain necessarily nameless) and everyday heroes (my colleagues who give everything in support of an idea).
I love that design is a discipline that can be applied to any field – I am intensely fascinated by virtual reality and its possibilities – and I’m excited that the technology is finally getting to the point where the next level of exploration can begin. Collaborating and exploring with friends becomes fertile ground for the future.
I am always looking forward to my next challenge, be it in my personal or professional work because I am very happy when I daydream.