Thursday 6/16/16 time 4:11 PM - interview by Terhi Dahlgren, photo by Marie Desoubeaux

-Background as an artist: I studied studio art and art history at Reed College, and kept painting in oil after school. 
-How did you end up choosing your media? Best/worst sides of it? After a few years of oil painting, I switched to digital art. I think the best side is that it only requires electricity and my computer or iPad, so I can do it anywhere, no need for messy materials and lots of space. The worst side is that the tools I have are so powerful, and I'm basically still just painting and drawing with them. I know the potential is so great, so I always feel I should be pushing myself to do more complicated projects.
-What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist? The best side is doing things like this, since I've been here I've only had to eat, sleep, and make art, and that lifestyle is really working for me. The worst side is I'm going to have to find some way to make money again soon.
-Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa? Yes, first time! I expected Finland to be strange with the long days in May and June, and it has definitely been weird to still see light outside all night. Joutsa is so safe and peaceful and cute, those were all my expectations.  
-How's your average day in Joutsa? I wake up very late, because I've been staying up at night. My schedule is probably very unhealthy, but I'm still productive.
-What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency? There's no pressure here at all, except internal pressure to make good art.
-How does Haihatus meet your expectations? The three cats are very nice and international friends all here for the same purpose is so refreshing to be around. Above my expectations: having BBQ for dinner and going to sauna at least once a week are so good!! 
-What are your plans after Haihatus? I'm doing another residency in Berlin, and applying for grad school there.

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