I think that for an artist to write about why they make art is a bit like trying to grasp the wind. Growing up, art had always been a subject that defied boundaries and resisted easy attempts at bringing my subjects into sharp focus. In 2014 that all changed for me.
As an artist, I’m passionate about conservation and the environment. What began as one drawing in response to a headline I read about tiger poaching quickly spiraled into a vision for a series of pen and ink drawings that involved a wide range of interconnected wildlife and ecological concerns. I thought that if I wanted people to start really listening and learning to read the signs of the need for changing our relationship to the natural world around us, there was no better way to highlight this than to present black and white images that dramatically contrasted the devastation of a dying planet with the straightforward simplicity of a child’s alphabet book. Thus the ABCs Of Xtinction project was born.
At the time, I didn’t realize I’d still be working on it five years later. Nobody tells you when you’re a kid wanting to grow up to be an artist that life has a way of setting obstacles in front of your creative ambitions. It’s been a long, patient road that I’m still traveling on, but I keep covering new ground.
My current goal is to have The ABCs of Xtinction finished by the end of 2019. With the completion of this major body of work, I plan on seeking to publish it as an art book. My intention is to raise funds through its purchases for a number of reputable conservation groups such as The Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. In the meantime, I appreciate your interest and support.Contact Information
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