·  Artist/Designer - Bellingham, WA
Hi! My name is Mitchell, but my friends call me Che. Thanks for visiting! My page is still under construction, so please bear with me. ^_^;;
I still wave at the dots on the shore / And I still bang my head against the wall / I still rage and wage my little war. - Porcupine Tree
A word with CheVD
What is your field, and how did you get in?
Primarily, I'm a painter-- that's my big passion. I discovered how much I loved painting at Ringling College in Sarasota, ironically as one of my core classes for computer animation, which I eventually dropped. But I also design and write, too.
Where do you want your Journey to lead you?
Regarding my own personal journey-- I'm not sure. I want to keep growing as an artist and a human being, obviously. I'd like to see my serious work actually provoke discussion. That means I've done my job well. I can't ask for much more than that.
So far, how have you been developing your skills?
After leaving Ringling's computer animation major behind, I moved to Vancouver, Canada, and I graduated from Emily Carr University with a major in general fine art, which fit me way better. ECU really helped me develop as a painter.
Where do you go when you seek inspiration?
Usually, I don't really seek inspiration-- it comes to me, most often from being on the internet. My primary thematic focus since graduating from ECU has been technology, and the way it impacts our everyday lives. I think that's an important subject.
What are some of your favorite artists and genres?
I would say the individual artists who have been most influential on me were Francis Bacon, H.R. Giger, and Alex Grey. I also love Abstract Expressionism-- Pollock, Krasner, de Kooning, Newman.
What are some of your favorite writers and books?
My favorite writer, hands down, is Kurt Vonnegut. I've read most of his books-- Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Bluebeard, Deadeye Dick, Mother Night. I also greatly enjoyed Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, and The Stranger by Albert Camus.
What do you listen to?
Typically, hard rock, alt rock and progressive rock is my comfort music. Porcupine Tree, Tool, Riverside, NIN, Radiohead, Bloc Party, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, STP, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush... but I do listen to other things too, on occasion.
What are some of your favorite movies and filmmakers?
I've got to go with the classics here-- Hitchcock, Kubrick. I grew up with Star Wars and James Bond. I like a lot of Tarantino's movies too. And David Fincher. Se7en is pretty high up on the list of my favorite movies... Basically, I'm a movie geek.

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