Talk to us a little bit about some of your influences with your artwork.
I think, for the most part, a lot of the influence I take is from my spiritual connection to my culture. And two, the elements that we're surrounded by, the wind, the water, fire, the earth, it's all giving off an energy that I try and tap into. I find that as my biggest inspiration.
Speaking of energy, do you sometimes feel like you put your emotion into your artwork and the way you surf a wave? For example, if you're angry, you surf angrier, or if you're happy…
For me, surfing does the opposite. If I've had a really s**t day and I'm frustrated, I'll go out and I'll just cruise. If I've had a really cruisy day, I'll go out and try and bring that anger up to try and push my surfing a bit more. It's the opposite.
Can you describe the first time you ever picked up a brush or a pen or just drew in a notebook and the feeling you had from doing that?
I think, for the most part, I started painting because it was a form of mental health release. For me, painting really helped me understand my emotions, why I would turn or dip into a dark state of mind and feel depressed. I think for the most part, I started just to have another outlet of expression. Instead of being angry at the world, I turn to art to help me see the beautiful things that surround me and that I have that I can appreciate.