I’m from Mammoth Lakes, Ca. I try to ski, surf, climb, paint, and spend as much time outside as possible.
By virtue of my parents raising me in the Eastern Sierra. We spent every weekend in the winter skiing, and every weekend in the summer camping on a lake wakeboarding.
I don't know that I have a distinct style. I’m trying to learn and evolve as much as possible as an artist. Since I’m not attached to one specific medium, and never went to art school, I try to experiment as much as possible while exploring different parts of my mind, expressions, etc. I gravitate most toward acrylic, and I paint pretty literal art inspired by mountains, trees, and waves, but I recently did some abstract stuff with an artist friend in NYC that really forced me to break down those literal barriers. It was challenging, but very fun to see it take shape.
In the natural landscapes, textures, and shapes of all that Mother Nature provides.
I see skiing, climbing, surfing, biking, etc. all as a form of drawing lines. I try to look at the canvas in front of me as an opportunity to draw a line from feeling and improvisation, rather than expectation or goals. It’s nice to let the mind be instinctual, and let the body flow.
Exactly that. It gives my life balance.
Adventure is usually when you're challenged and put to the ultimate mental or physical test. Basically when things go wrong, so I’d say my most memorable “epics” are in climbing and surfing. I obviously have a lot skiing memories as well, but since I’m more comfortable on my skis I tend to balance that mental threshold a bit better, and get in over my head quicker in climbing and surfing.
I tend to be a pretty transparent person, so I’m not too sure. Over the course of my ski career I think I've shared most of my personal life. From losing my dad to cancer, his Hungarian heritage and escaping to the US, my relationship with Kimmy, I have a child, etc. For better or worse social media has really put it all out there as well.
Great question. I am a lucky man, and you guys chose quite a few pieces of my art… I say we keep the collab’s going and my favorite one has yet to come ;)