I remember my friend sitting next to me in school being so excited with my picture he stopped doing his work and just watched me. It was the 1st time I felt like art had a power to influence and change people. From that point on art would play a profound part in my life. Currently, I work as a designer. My online art is a release from the deadlines and high-pressure day-to-day of the real world.
Surrealism gives me the opportunity to express myself without anyone telling me it's not right. I self-curate and often re-work my art, so it's liberating when I have the final say on a piece of work. Surrealism similarly does not conform to the real world, so I am attracted to the fact I can put two seemingly unrelated items together to create something unique.
I like to be in a zone when I create work. Sometimes I have an idea that I just can't get to work, but I like it, so I leave it for a while and come back to it later. Often this helps me understand what I was doing wrong and fix it. Other times I need to start again. It's funny, sometimes the work has a life all its own. It feels like the work finds its own way. It feels great when this happens.
Ideas come to me at any time of the day. I email myself a brief description of the idea so I don't lose it. This often happens if I don't email myself. Then, when I have time, I'll look at the idea and try to develop it. My strike rate is about 50/50. Sometimes, I've sent an email that is so out there I don't know what I was thinking. Late night emails often are funniest, but sometimes they are also the best ideas. I like humour or quirky subjects, and I try not to take it too seriously.
For me, inspiration is not a destination, it's more a way of life. I'm always thinking of my next work so I might see something, hear something, or even dream something that inspires me. Art and design is my life, I'm always thinking about it.