The goal of my art practice is to address the faltering future of human existence by visualizing darkness and cataclysm in landscapes on the brink of collapse. Exploring thematic commonalities between Gothic Romanticism, Black Metal, and Dark Ecology, I look for inspirational sources in writing, poetry, and music that regard the natural world as foreboding and somewhat sinister on the surface, but reveal underneath a deep caring and responsibility for the planet. To that end, my work foreshadows an imminent global ecological crisis that requires both imagination and action, and a necessary grieving process for the end of life as we know it. By wandering through these solemn environments, I hope viewers might experience fear, wonder, and face their own mortality, and at last, arrive at a tender appreciation for what may come after us.
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.