What first interested you in visual art, particularly painting?
In high school I knew I wanted to go to art school. I liked making things, and that was the class that allowed me to make things. I think it was really as simple as that. I do like two-dimensional images; I like the physicality of paint.
You grew up in suburban Connecticut; what was that environment like for a young artist?
There was no one in my life or in school saying go be an artist, go be a designer. The direction they push you toward is four-year college, getting a job as a lawyer, banker, a professional. To go outside of that box was new to everyone, so there wasn’t any direction. My parents were supportive, though.
How did you end up in Brooklyn?
I moved to the city to go to graduate school and then my first job after graduate school was working for Jeff Koons. The real interesting part of that was not Jeff himself but the people I was working with. They were all young, ambitious people who wanted to be artists. They were all in their mid-twenties; there was this really good group of people that I’ve remained friends with for 20 years. Many of them lived in Brooklyn—there was more space, more freedom.