2016 - 2018
"In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity." - Erik Erikson
The work I've done for myself is essentially a distillate of all of my influences, artistic and otherwise. It's a unique blend of the films and books I've loved, the artists I've been inspired and intimidated by, and the pop culture I've absorbed like a hungry sponge with no shame.
A friend was starting a distillery and needed a logo. We both grew up on the south end of Whidbey Island in Washington state, and that Pacific Northwest Pride runs DEEP. He named his business after the forty-eighth north parallel, which runs right through the south end of the island. The idea was to reflect the namesake in the design.
The only thing I have of any value to contribute to the world is my art, so more often than not that's what I end up giving people as gifts. A pair of my friends have an exquisite daughter named Juniper, so I decided to immortalize her in poster form.
One of my oldest friends had just gotten his first paying gig as a commercial pilot after spending a few years in the cockpit, so he needed a business card that reflected his new career. I started by creating a simple line drawing of a 1974 Cessna 150 Aerobat, his first plane and the one he learned to fly in. He and I both hail from the densely-wooded Pacific Northwest, so I threw in a warm green background. My goal was to project a sense of permanence and transience; to show that even when our work takes us all over the country (or the world), our origin story still exists within us.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society held a design contest as part of their campaign to save the highly endangered vaquita porpoise. For the winning design, I created a simple representation of the marine mammal utilizing the golden ratio.