The inspiration for my work comes directly from thousands of hours spent in and on the water. More often than not, my daily conflict is how to balance my time in the water diving and my time out of the water woodburning. The constant discoveries that come with exploring and connecting with the ocean are what excite me most in life.
When I embarked on college eight years ago I faced a conflict. Do I pursue my love for the ocean as a Marine Biologist or my passion for illustration as a Graphic Designer. I chose Graphic Design and never quite found the balance I so craved as an artist. Sitting in front of a glowing screen challenged by font combination and code, I struggled with my career path. Marine life was the subject that I wanted to work with and I was constantly told that this alone would not sustain a design career. While evolving as an artist over the years I've tried several mediums, pen and ink, pencil, watercolor and wood carving. It wasn't until I held my first woodburning pen in the winter of 2016 that I realize this was my new passion. Woodburning fully consumed all my time as I pushed beyond typical techniques and strategies. I have found a way to pair my love for marine life and illustration and I hope that I can continue doing it for years to come.
My process utilizes a standard burning unit in conjunction with an array of torches varying in size. I use the burning tool for areas containing lots of fine detail, while the torches allow me to freestyle creating depth and texture. In each piece, I strive for the illusion that you can reach over and pull the fish away from the wood. I can't emphasize enough how much of my time is spent exploring new methods every day.
When I am not found in my studio, I am beneath the surface freediving and spearfishing on the Maine coast peaking in caves for Cunner or waiting for a school of Pollock to pass me by.