Through solemn and immense environments, I attempt to re-envision Romantic sublime landscape art by exploring the conceptually “dark” commonalities between charcoal, post-human ecology, and chthonic themes. To me, the deep, mysterious corners of the world are places imbued with wonder, isolation, and ancient magic; remote, mountainous places on the brink of transformation, this time perhaps broken open by our own consequence. To that end, my works attempt a foreshadowing of collapse - ecological, extinctive, or fantastical - that requires imagination and action, curiosity and alchemy, and a necessary grieving process for the end of life as we know it. By venturing into my unknown and cataclysmic worlds, I hope viewers might experience mortality, fear, wonder, magic, and at last, appreciation for a planet healing itself.
BFA Illustration, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, 2004.
MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2016.
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and teach illustration at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
CV available upon request.