I come from an Alaskan island named Chirikof -- I wasn't born there
and I don't live there, but I owe a lot of my qualities to the time
I spent there as a child with only myself and my family. I consider
myself an artist, but I've never limited myself to just that. The
study of history and language and culture and science and people,
and how all of these seemingly-separate areas of thought
interrelate is probably what consumes most of my thoughts, and how
I can grow as a person and come to understand the world around me
with these sorts of ideas. Not everyone gets me, but I figure that
is probably a commonality shared by most people.
What I’m doing with my life
For now I volunteer at a non-profit art gallery in downtown
Ellensburg called Alley Cat Artists. You can find me there just
about anytime that we are open, and I help out and hang around at
every First Friday Art Walk pretty much every single month. The
energy of so many creative people being around at the same time is
really incredible, and it isn't at all unusual that I will hang
around pretty late in the evening on those nights. When I'm not
helping out at the gallery I like to hang out with the talented art
crowd we have here, and occasionally I will have an art show,
either by myself or as a collaborative endeavor.
Just this January I had a fantastic show with a young, massively
talented local artist named Nicole, and the turnout really blew me
I’m really good at
Haha, I like to think that I do a lot of things well, but my
primary skills are in illustration and painting. I have some
background in graphic design, and occasionally I write (but I am
not as confident about my writing, so very few have seen it. If you
ask I suppose I could let you read some of it). While I am no guru,
I am very comfortable with computers and the internet -- Except
with Photoshop: I AM a guru at that, although I rarely deal with it
these days since I don't currently do a lot of image processing or
graphic design (maybe the odd gig).
The first things people usually notice about me
My coat: It is long and black and made of wool with enormous shiny
brass buttons. I suppose the other things would be the color of my
hair and how animated I am when I get really involved in a
conversation (which is pretty often these days).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Genre doesn't particularly matter to me but I am awful picky
about the quality of the writing. No Twilight or Dan Brown,
Music: I am so terrible at music culture that it's mind-boggling.
In general I listen to instrumental/non-lyrical/classical, and I am
a huge fan of ambient stuff. Typically I just find an internet
radio station that I like and play it in the background for the
Movies: Baraka, The Dark Knight, American Psycho, Thank You For
Smoking, Time Bandits (anything Terry Gilliam actually), 2001: A
Space Odyssey and so on. Probably later I will add more here. I
watch a lot of movies...
The six things I could never do without
I am absolutely addicted to information. I could sit all day at my
computer as long as there is internet, but I spend just about 90%
of that time researching millions of things.
Art is a really major passion for me, but in order of importance I
couldn't say whether it comes first or second on this list.
Walking! Without a car I have to walk everywhere I go, but a walk
ALWAYS makes me feel better and now that I have glasses again
everything isn't slightly blurry past twelve feet or so.
Well, this makes three things but it would be too easy, I think,
just to add some things that I literally could not live without.
Maybe I will just namedrop the Sun, Earth, and the Moon for now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
One of my obsessions is to find all the ways that everything
relates to everything else. I don't recall specifically why I
started researching as a hobby, but after a while I began to
realize that as isolated as things can seem from one another, there
is this really vast and complex web of interdependence. A lot of
the time I am piecing all of those relationships together in my
mind, or even trying to find new ways to understand how all that
Pretty frequently I will even find metaphorical and metaphysical
On a typical Friday night I am
My evenings are often free, so once I leave the gallery on a Friday
I pretty much make a beeline for the most interesting-looking
things at the moment.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Oh yes, this part I will leave blank for now. I am not so hard a
nut to crack in person, though.
You should message me if
Do it. I nearly always reply back. :)