A Little About Me ....

 

Born in California and raised in the wild open spaces and forested mountains of Montana, with some time spent in India along the way, my journey thus far has been challenging, surprising, and endlessly inspiring.

 

A Little About Me ....

 

Born in California and raised in the wild open spaces and forested mountains of Montana, with some time spent in India along the way, my journey thus far has been challenging, surprising, and endlessly inspiring.

 

A Little About Me ....

 

Born in California and raised in the wild open spaces and forested mountains of Montana, with some time spent in India along the way, my journey thus far has been challenging, surprising, and endlessly inspiring.

 

As a child I read constantly ... in the car, in bed, wherever I found myself,  I had a book open.  When my Grandpa made me turn my book upside down in a futile effort to slow me down, I was undeterred and kept right on reading.  

From an early age, I was drawn to encyclopedias, graphic novels, and illustrated faerietale volumes, enthralled by the rich interplay between textual narrative and visual art.

My work today is heavily influenced by themes both universal and distinct found in mythologies from around the world, with a focus on the ways we view our relationship to the flora and fauna of nature. Living in the woodlands of Montana, the wilderness is at my doorstep in all its terror and glory, and the rhythms of seasonal changes are ever in my awareness.

The style I am currently developing is the intentional evolution of skills I picked up early in life ... folding paper into creative shapes, drawing imaginative creatures and intricate details, and illustrating my stories, my school notes,

and my friends’ bodies daily.

As I learn and explore, I am rapidly branching out into forms that incorporate three-dimensional aspects, moving pieces, and found objects.

Whether the work is on paper or skin, I enjoy the tactile intimacy of low-impact tools that allow me to work closely on the precise details.

My mixed media pieces typically make use of Copic inking pens and sketch markers, bristol board cutouts, handmade and recycled papers, acrylic paint, metallic foils,

and very sharp utility knives.  

I have a particular love for living art,

bringing the body into the process of creation, allowing our physical and spiritual selves to communicate through symbolism and integration.

Tattoos throughout time and many diverse cultures have been one of humanity’s ways of expressing identity and beauty, whether permanent or temporary (such as henna).

I specialise in designing unique tattoos for individuals,

incorporating personal experience and traditional symbolism

to help people bring some of what they wear inside to a place others can see it. 

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When I work on skin, I use high-grade pure henna mixed with black tea and essential oils for temporary mehndi designs, or sterile single-use professional needles with disposable bamboo handles and top-quality ink to create lifelong machine-free art tattoos. Wherever possible when sourcing materials, I like to seek out options that allow me to support other skilled people working in a creative trade, and who take into account the impact of their processes on the environment while working toward responsible and sustainable practices.

Today's children are growing up in a world very different from that of their ancestors.  These children need a new generation of stories.

I believe narrative art has the capacity to weave together the common threads in the tapestry of human experience in a way that is relevant to the modern mind and ethic, while retaining the universal magical elements that make this kind of story s appealing to the imagination of children of all ages.

As an artist, my mission is to create narrative art to help develop new stories for a new generation.  

Stories that communicate, celebrate, and empower.  

Stories that build bonds of empathy and understanding through shared art and story.

I also write, and I don’t personally consider it a separate exercise from my “art”.

It is all the substance of the common connection of human communication,

whether word, image, or some amalgamation of disparate elements.

 

Some of what I write is commentary on the world I perceive; some of it is scholarly research; much of it is fiction, and my favourite kind is faerietales. 

In the Time before time began ...

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