My first series, My Humble Existence, allowed me to draw and paint realistically and develop a body of work that explored issues between childhood memories and adult realities. My animal silhouettes took me in a modern and colorful direction, forcing me to learn a new digital way of creating art that could appeal to a different audience.
Various other projects, some successful, some not, pushed me into new territories as well. I’ve been able to show at galleries, design logos and t-shirts for college organizations, paint a mural with elementary students, donate artwork to animal charities, learn advanced computer programs, give an artist talk and workshop at my own solo show, and deal with the complexities of selling art all over the world.
I’ve stretched myself further than I could have imagined, and now I want to use that knowledge to return to the type of art I truly love – drawing and painting realism.
Discovering a new series took some time. I looked for a subject that I could sink my teeth into, one that would give me freedom to explore various genres and interests. I struggled with concepts for a while until I started to form this project around my own interests.
19th century history, urban development, Victorian architecture, and beauty in nature were the pillars I set up early to develop a story around. I started to play around with 3d modeling and organizing a backstory to a fictional town. With the new crowdfunding system Patreon created, I felt ready to completely dive in. I’ve never felt so excited about a project. Instead of just creating standalone artwork, I’m forming an entire community based on the places I love and the issues I’m passionate about.
I want to share each part of the process with you because I can’t hold it all in. As an artist, I’m always fascinated when a creator shows his/her workflow. The point of this story is the development of an ideal community from the beginning, and I see no better way to do that than to include you in that journey. I’m learning as a go so that means I’m looking for experts, passionate voices, and curious onlookers to help guide me.
Where to go from here? I’ve set the stage for a very ambitious project with many moving parts. I not only want to show my audience a positive vision of the future (especially in contrast to the many dystopian stories out right now), but I want to pursue that goal with accuracy and honesty. That means there will be missteps along the way, both in the timeline of my city as well as my own path.
Autumn does not have a smooth transition into the modern world, but it is built on a solid foundation of vision and ideals. I’m taking the time to research and develop this semi-utopian project with the same expectations. My personal goal and the goal of my city is to constantly improve the quality of life. My workflow will improve, the technology I use will improve, and (I hope) so will the world around me. I hope it can also be entertaining along the way.