Recently someone messaged me on Twitter asking about the inspiration behind my artwork. I wrote a brief response to that question and thought it would be worth copying and pasting here on my blog:
"I started making abstract art 3-4 years ago in response to some difficult things I was going through in life. It was extremely therapeutic, so I can vouch for how helpful it can be. Highly recommend it just for that alone.
In terms of inspiration, I think my work has a slightly odd origin. Rather than being inspired primarily by artists, my work draws heavily from my career has a graphic designer and brand manager. Designers like Paul Rand, Paula Scher, Josef Albers, and Wucius Wong.
On the more traditional art side of things, I think my work is influenced by people like Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, Jackson Polluck, and Mark Rothko. If you like my stuff, I think you'd probably enjoy some of their stuff too. The Bauhaus movement is really fascinating to me as well.
Overall though if I were to give one piece of advice, I'd just say dive in. Start making on a regular basis and try your best to ignore imposter syndrome. I still consider myself a novice in a lot of ways, and I didn't go to art school.
Some of my favorite books on art-making are Austin Kleon's books: 'Steal Like an Artist' and 'Show Your Work' especially. 'The War of Art' by Steven Pressfield is also really great, and it's a good kick in the pants."