When did you first ride a two-wheeler and what are your earliest memories and associations with bikes?
Before I could ride, I remember wanting my brother’s bike and to be able to ride it. He always had cool bikes. My dad is an avid cyclist so bikes were a big part of life growing up. My earliest bike memories are riding in the trailer with my sister while my dad got in miles, pulling us all over the countryside. We’d sit and chat, we were probably four and five. We did that a lot.
What draws you to a particular bike as a subject matter? Is it the bike itself, its aesthetics, or the rider, the owner and the experiences you know they have had on the bike?
I look at a bike and I can feel the brushstrokes. Something in the turn of a wheel the arc of the cables calls for me to record it. I like the design. Some bikes are especially aesthetically appealing. It’s interesting to look at different styles of bikes and different eras. I don’t need to know the owner, but it’s nice when I do. It’s exciting to paint race bikes that were part of a pro race, it’s cool to paint bikes that have importance to someone, whoever they are. I love the different ways that cycling and bicycles fit into lives. I like to see wear on the bike.
“I love the different ways that cycling and bicycles fit into lives.”
Can you tell us about the bikes you love and the kind of bike riding you like to do?
My newest favourite is a bamboo bike I built myself. I use it for transportation and also for road, it’s awesome. It could be half as nice and I’d still love it. I also have two steel road bikes that are getting ignored lately, one for the street and one that doesn’t get locked outside. I have a great old Bob Jackson that I raced on the track. My racing days are probably over. I raced for about seven seasons and loved it. Lately I’ve gone out to the track to watch races and a couple times to train. Some of my friends are getting into it. Crap Shlepper is a bike I use a lot. It has baskets and racks and is great for getting groceries, art supplies and carrying around a lot of stuff. There’s also a big, wonderful cargo bike that I use for carrying lots and lots of stuff, especially on the weekends when I sell my stuff at the markets.
How does NYC influence your work and your cycling?
It all works together. NYC is an inspiring place to live. Everyone is doing something and there’s so much to see. Riding around for transportation and for sport, the bike affects how I know the city and all of that informs my pieces.