Karl has been creating art for as long as he can remember.
Growing up in Tacoma WA, he spent a lot of rainy days drawing, watching cartoons, reading comics and playing video games.
His early creativity was heavily influenced by skate and punk culture, which eventually got him very involved with the local Hip Hop community. All of these influences can still be seen in his work today.
After having lived for periods of time in FL, NYC & LA, he's currently based out of Charleston SC. Karl's time spent in the major cities of the USA, opened his eyes to tons of new visual worlds and helped shape him into the artist he is today.
Karl continues to push himself as a painter combining past experiences & design skills to form new work everyday.
What’s your preferred medium to paint? Have you tried different mediums before?
For large scale public art I prefer aerosol because you can work so fast with it and cover so much ground. For my studio paintings I prefer acrylics because of the drying time and low levels of toxicity. My current painting I am incorporating both on top of charcoal/chalk sketches. I make it a point to experiment with all mediums especially when I find myself in an artistic rut, I push myself to try something new. This usually leads to a new point of view and revitalizes my inspiration.
Favorite living artists?
My favorite living artist right now is Sainer ETAM. I really enjoy his style which combines classic oil painting with writing. His colors, lighting and design are all on point.
There are so many great ones out there famous and not. Honestly, I can have a great time in any museum, there is alway something to learn or a new perspective to see. If I had to pick just one it would have to be The Guggenheim Museum. I had learned about a lot of great art there and the building itself is just amazing. There is just something about this curves that take you out of reality and give you a unique experience.
What’s the meanest thing someone has said about your art? How did you respond?
As artist we have all heard a lot of mean things. I try not to hold on to negativity, especially in this time. So one of the best experiences I have had is a private portfolio review with Joe Barbera after my first year in college, when I was pursuing animation. His positivity and his direction still inspire me to this day.
Who was you biggest supporter when you decided to pursue art as a career?
When I announced to my military/teaching family that I was going into Art it was very difficult. The one person who stood up for me and supported me was my Aunt’s girlfriend Grace. She was an artist as well and she would take me around Seattle to cool galleries, hidden art stores and just expose me to worlds I never knew about. When I got into Hip Hop she would actually take me to pieces she had found and we would talk about them from an artistic point of view. It’s the little
things that make all the difference.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to make art for a living?
Stay away from trends, surround yourself with creative people from multiple disciplines. Stay hungry and follow your heart. Be open to any adventure, enjoy the process and remember no one’s path is the same. Trust that you and your work have value. Do the work you love and “Exposure” never lives up to the hype
Karl's Favorite Trekell Products:
I love the Primed Birch Panels! The craftsmanship is unmatched.
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