Tell us a little about yourself ~
I am a sign painter and designer—born, raised, and based in San Francisco. After graduating with a degree in visual communication, I had some stints with design internships at nonprofits as well as a fellowship with Wikipedia. Throughout this time I was pulling chalk lettering gigs but finally tried sign painting and never looked back. Now I do it full time at a mom & pop grocery store as well as freelance signage for companies, storefronts, and sometimes fun one-offs for commissions and art shows like this!
What do you like about your medium ~
I love it when I get the perfect consistency with the paint and it flows just right with the perfect wisp at the end. It’s a pretty good feeling.
What is the most challenging part about your medium ~
The most challenging part is when factors like weather / temperature and improper mixtures of solvents get in the way—so it can get gunky and frustrating to work with. But for the most part this can be remedied, it’s just added steps that need to be taken.
What is your process like ~
I believe getting into sign painting with a design background really gave me a strong foundation to work from. So my design process is similar to my signage process: figuring out the goal of a project, pulling buzzwords that can facilitate visuals if needed, research / inspiration, sketch like hell, revise, and execute! Preparation and execution would depend on what and where the paint will lay—which may include cleaning, sanding, sealing, priming, the works. I’ve gotten to use a lot more power tools over the years which has been very rewarding, especially considering I didn’t have much exposure to anything more than a hammer or screwdriver before I started sign painting.
Sources of Inspiration ~
Hand painted signage in Vietnam. There are such vibrant colors, varieties in typography and dimensions, the styles are endless. The accompanying illustrations are always fun to see as well. They have been a constant source of inspiration for me in my work.