Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a designer/illustrator/artist currently living in Crested Butte, Colorado. In these days of “internet everything” I still like to make things by hand. All my work is carved by hand and printed using a wooden spoon which transfers the image from the inked block to paper. I haven’t touched a printing press since college. I like to show people that you don’t need a fancy set of knives or press to make work. If you have a small table at home, you can create your own linocuts while only making a relatively small mess.
How did you fall in love with the outdoors and creating?
I’ve always loved the outdoors since I was a kid. My parents would take us camping, hiking and sailing all the time while growing up which helped instill the love of nature and the importance of protecting it.
As for falling in love with creating, for the most part, all kids draw up to a certain age. Some keep drawing while others get interested in sports, bikes, video games, etc and stop. I was one of those kids that just kept drawing because I loved it.
For the longest time, my love for drawing and the outdoors never intersected. It wasn’t until I started traveling, hiking and skiing more during college that the outdoors started creeping into my work. Once I moved to Colorado from Philadelphia in 2003, I really noticed there was a lack of outdoor-oriented artwork that appealed to me and my friends. And that’s what really started the drive to create my own artwork based on the outdoors and travel.