I am a multimedia artist, illustrator, muralist and turtle saver. I use acrylic, ink, watercolor, and digital media to create fantastical worlds, theriomorphic beings, and steampunk megafauna.
As the son of a biologist and a ceramics artist, I often incorporate scientific and natural history themes in my work. I developed my unique illustration style from my experience with linoleum block printmaking. I also draw artistic inspiration from such eclectic sources as the surrealist collages of Max Ernst, the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer, contemporary comic book art, and old scientific illustration.
When not cloistered in my studio, I can often be found awkwardly crammed into a cage at the St. Louis Zoo painting exhibit murals for a variety of lizards, snakes, salamanders, monkeys, and other animals. I have been an independent contractor for the Zoo since 2012 and am paid for each mural.
● Itsy Bitsy Bites, Lucky Cat Studio, St. Louis. Invitational group art exhibition of local and nationwide artists featuring small food themed pieces. Exhibited four of my original paintings.
● Steampunk IV, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis. Curated group show featuring three of my pieces. Awarded Honorable Mention for “Master of Illusions,” Digital Print.
● Group 7, Horsley Arts Gallery, St. Louis. Invitational group show featuring multiple works by 7 local artists.
● Steampunk III, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis. Curated group show featuring three of my paintings. Received an Award of Merit for my painting “Hydrohallucination Cannon.”
● The Many Mini Show, OA Gallery, Kirkwood. Invitational group show of small works where I displayed my linoleum block print “Division of the Air.”
● Everything Blue, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis. Curated Group show featuring three of my pieces.
● Rabbit Hole, A rt Saint Louis, St. Louis. Curated group show featuring my original ink and watercolor illustration “Captain Therion”
● Steampunk II, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis. Curated group show featuring three of my works.
● The Artful Zoo, p ublished in the Winter 2018/19 Issue of All the Art
This article, written by Milo Duke, highlights my work for the St. Louis Zoo from the perspective of a fellow realist painter.
● Smashed, fantasy themed comics anthology featuring numerous St. Louis based writers and illustrators.
● Dry County, western themed comics anthology featuring numerous St. Louis based writers and illustrators.
● Wasted, science fiction themed comics anthology featuring numerous St. Louis based writers and illustrators.
● Tales of Rodinia
Collaborative short graphic novel anthology containing three short stories.
MURALS FOR THE SAINT LOUIS ZOO
● Herpetarium, 15 completed exhibit murals.
● Primate House, 3 completed exhibit murals.
● Bird House, 1 completed exhibit murals.
Each of my landscape murals is highly detailed and unique, painted depicting native habitats of animals from around the world. They range in size from 50 square feet to as large as 120 square feet.
OTHER MURAL WORK
● Dao Tien Restaurant Mural,
9 ft mural of Vietnamese mythological figure.
ART FAIRS, FESTIVALS, and CONVENTIONS
● Let Them Eat Art, Maplewood, MO. Street fair.
● The Print Bazaar on Cherokee, S t. Louis, M O. Street fair where artists are hosted by local businesses.
● Small Press Expo, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO. Convention of local and national writers, artists, and other small press. Debuted independent book--Tales of Rodinia
● Art Fair St. Louis, Clayton, MO. Art fair. Exhibited within the Emerging Artists’ tent.
● Schlafly’s Art Outside, Maplewood, MO. Art Fair. My first major art fair experience was fruitful and rewarding, though it ended with a massive storm that destroyed my tent and some of my art.
● BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Independent major with a focus
in Painting and Visual Storytelling.
● AFA, SouthwesternIllinoisCollege,Belleville,IL.