I love nature. This is just a fact. Nothing makes me happier then when I am completely immersed in it. I can spend hours hiking the trails and get absolutely gleeful when I happen across a family of deer or get into a staring contest with a wild turkey (this is a true story, btw.) That’s why I’m completely heartbroken with the duress our natural environments are currently living in. But rather than focusing only on the negative and pointing fingers and blaming, I am looking at this situation differently and clearly focusing on what I can do to engage with the public and create thought provoking, eco-conscious work.
Nature is a very impactful force, and its beauty needs to be protected on all sides. It influences us in many positive ways, such as offering clarity of mind, melting away stress, and giving an outlet to where we can enjoy time by ourselves. The great outdoors, however, doesn’t necessarily mean we have to make long and detailed trips to the greatest national parks of the world (though that would be awesome) it can simply mean we go out into our own backyards and breathe in the freshness of our gardens. There is so much to see, embrace and be grateful for.
In my newest body of work, Experiencing Nature, that’s exactly what I’m doing – experiencing nature. From the smallest details of watching rabbits plot courses to eat the garden strawberries or feeling the strain of the current global climate crises. I’ve made it a personal mission to dedicate more of my time to being out and studying the qualities of nature and what I can do to personally change my behaviors and put more of an emphasis on protecting it for the future.
About 75% of my newest artworks are now in a digital format This allows for me to have a print-on-demand system that also allows for me to pick more sustainable inks and papers. I have been training myself in digital painting and drawing techniques so I can start to eliminate the amount of waste produced when I work in traditional methods. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with wanting to work traditionally (as I also still do, on occasion,) but I find working digitally and print-on-demand to be an environmentally conscious decision for the future.
This body of work is an ongoing series that I feel will just evolve as time goes by. I’m both intrigued and curious as to what direction these works can go but will be mindful daily and react accordingly.
In the meantime, go outside and experience nature!