My art work focuses on environmentalism and ecology. Through works on paper I illustrate the effect humanity has on the planet and the creatures that call it home, through various means such as pollution, littering, radiation poisoning, to name a few. My practice employs a mix of humor and horror to speak out against these ecological issues. I do so by creating animals that are in a post-apocalyptic setting that to survive had to mutate with the environment resulting in what we would consider horrific, but whimsical creatures. I choose to present my art work with a sense of humor because I wish for the audience to feel engaged in the work without them feeling overwhelmed by the subject matter. I work with a mixture of watercolors, pens, markers, and other various tools, and utilize a pastel palette for much of The Most Dangerous Game series. This palette consists of mauves or a fleshy pink, along with dark or muted blues. Much of the subject matter is formed by the gray tone of the paper. Using gray paper, I work from dark areas of the art work to the lightest to create depth and contrast. In the larger pieces, I allude to a phylogenic tree and strive to create the feeling of the central creature’s ecosystem would consist of and what role they would play in said ecosystem. Also, as an artist I feel influenced by my own local environment and other artist’s work as well. Several artists that I feel heavily influenced by are J.A.W. Cooper a Los Angeles Illustrator, and Beauvais Lyons a printmaking professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, as well as English artist Sue Coe who is an animal rights activist. All three of these artists use animal imagery in their work frequently, and Lyons is well known for his cryptozoology. Their work inspires me as an artist to use animal imagery and a quirky since of humor to better bring awareness to the ecological issues we face today.
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