Creativity and the outdoors are two of the most consistent passions in my life. Both elicit adventure and inspiration and influence my life dramatically. My work expresses the powerful human experiences and obsession I associate with expansive landscapes and adventure. I explore a variety of styles and disparate subject matter from abstract landscape paintings with exaggerated colors and contours, to pen/ ink illustrations with repetitive patterns and laborious line-work, to figurative compositions with more conceptual themes.
I have always embraced creativity as an outlet for engaging in the unknown, a chance to explore the world through the eyes of a child, and as an activity where not understanding is acceptable. Likewise, I approach my work as an adventure that fulfills a yearning to transcend explanation. Many of my illustrations are marked with lettering. This style developed out of my passion for journaling and exploring my deep connection to expansive landscapes through the written word. The text is usually illegible, comprised of jumbled letters or words without literal meaning, implemented as a pattern or compositional element referencing an abstract human connection. Through the spontaneous and compulsive use of color, text and contours, I try to share something deeper than a simple depiction of beautiful landscapes. Instead, I implement my work as an outward expression of the obsession, yearning, emotions and questions I associate with expansive landscapes and visual interpretation of my surroundings.
I build handmade, finely crafted frames constructed with the utmost care and attention to detail. I have designed these frames with my illustrations in mind and are crafted accordingly.
Frames are constructed with poplar wood, and originals are matted within the frame instead of a floating dry-mount so the artwork retains additional archival integrity.
The corners are reinforced with finely detailed splices, wood surfaces undergo two rounds of sanding, and are coated with a glaze. Frames come ready to hang and dimensions are roughly 4 inches larger on each side than listed illustration size (ie: a 22" x 14" illustration is about 28" x 18" framed).