I work digitally and traditionally, combining old school design aesthetics with new tools. Ink, paint, and graphite are my mediums of choice. I enjoy learning new methods and ways of making, which in turn influence my process. Using color to bring out the specific tones and emotions that I wish to evoke in my pieces is of particular interest to me, and am strongly influenced both by the foggy grays of the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest Coast, and my longing for a world in richer color.
I strike a balance between simplified and complex realism, finding a middle ground between observation and imagination. My fascination with anatomy and the makeup of natural structures always informs my work. Exploring specific topics and concepts has always been a high priority in my work, and a great deal of my inspiration comes from the natural sciences.
Whenever I can, I strive to supplement my investigation of different topics with practical research, because I value direct experience and being able to form my own observations and impressions.
I'm currently based in Portland, Oregon, and recently completed my BFA in Illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.