This work explores the concept of resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. The figures are armored and ready for battle, grimacing against the challenges they face, continuing on with shouts of inner motivation. The work developed out of my experimentation with dance observation and interpreting dance using calligraphic brush strokes. I began to see how the dancers moved in relation to both inward and outward signifiers. My own work began to respond in the same way and simultaneously chaotic and beautiful abstractions formed the idea of the overwhelming busy-ness of my life. Like the characters in these drawings, I found myself protecting myself with "emotional" armor and motivating myself through words and phrases that helped me keep perspective.
The collection was first shown at God Hates Robots gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2016. It will shown again from September 30—Dec.8, 2016, at the Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Gallery in the J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah.
School of Dance
These drawings were created by observing dance students at the University of Utah during an ongoing project with the newly announced School of Dance, which combines the schools of ballet and modern dance. The two drawings reflect this joining by reaching toward one another, yet remaining independent and diverse. Each drawing began with a broad brush stroke of ink based on the movements of the dancers. Then, each was embellished with brightly colored ink and acrylic paint. The final images were then used in the marketing campaign to announce the newly created School of Dance.
Before the Fall
This small series was my first attempt in good while to draw a bit larger than usual. Most of my work is small or digital, preventing me from solving some of the issues that come up with larger drawings. I wanted to illustrate multiple forms of self-inflicted containment using fundamental shapes. Adding to the containment is the element of confusion or ignorance, in the form of invasive clouds and fog.
What do we think of God? Ask a person of faith and you’ll get a variety of answers, from animal gods with focused powers to no god or gods at all. While the virtue of belief can and has been debated eternally, my attempt here is to not to address whether those beliefs are valid, but simply to point out that who or what we believe in, by nature of the act of worship, is a reflection of our own desires and experiences. Imagine for yourselves what a supreme being would look like? Is he an old man with a flowing white beard? Is she a graceful queen with eyes of fire? Perhaps a multi-limbed elephant? Now, what are the attributes of this dominant figure? Maybe we feel that we’re under their condemnation, so we believe them to be forgiving. We could believe in vengance and thereby manifest of god of war and violence. There could be many gods, each taking on unique personality traits, so that we could pray to each them in specific times of need. Or are they rolled into one universal being who masters all attributes effectively?
This series of work is an attempt to demonstrate 7 different, yet similar, manifestions of deity. None of them are meant to represent any specific faith or system of belief. Rather I wanted to draw (literally) a correlation between god and disciple, showing that each worshiper was paying tribute to a god that followed their belief. While the worshiper would say their acts are a reflection of their god, the outside observer is able to see that it could just as easily be the other way around.
These self-published books, by NYT Best-Selling Author Kerry Patterson, are the first two in an ongoing series aimed at teaching children valuable lessons, while entertaining them with bright and bold stories and illustrations.
It's been a great experiencing collaborating the amazing design team at Super Top Secret and Rossignol to create unique snowboards for their discerning riders. The XV Magteks were designed specifically with one rider in mind, the fearless adventurer and soul-rider himself, Xavier De Le Rue.
Dog Eat Dog
One of three posters created for the 2014 Utah Addy's Call for Entries campaign. The series was awarded multiple Gold and Silver awards at the AAF-UTAH SLC competition, becoming the most awarded campaign at the show. The campaign went on to win 7 awards at the Regional Addys competition, more awards than any other agency in the western United States. From there, the campaign won 4 National ADDY awards. Additionally, the series of posters was included in the 2016 Graphis Design Annual. Overall, the competition received a record number of entries.
Posters for Even Stevens
I love working with the great team at Even Stevens. This sandwich shop matches every sandwich sold with a donation to those in need through great services like the Utah Food Bank. You can read more about it here, but better yet, go grab a delicious sandwich for yourself!
These posters were created to promote the addition of a new patio to the Sugarhouse location and the opening of a brand new Ogden restaurant.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of "Hello Kitty", 40 artists were invited by Perfect Square to create a short comic for an anthology titled "Hello 40". My contribution was a three-page comic showing our favorite Kitty tumbling through a sugary dream with all her friends.
A Safe Place
Personal promotional work created using ballpoint pen and watercolor pencil.