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A study of the uncertain silence of death through wildlife and flora. Highlighting ideas of perpetuity and the future of our ecosystems and biodiversity through aesthetic design.

Charcoal drawing of two fawns. Titled: Taken 12" x 16"

Taken
Charcoal & Graphite on hot pressed cotton watercolor paper.
12" x 16"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase.

INTRODUCTION:

This drawing, made up of natural elements and motifs from my previous works, deconstructs the representative, abstracting the natural world into its parts. Though the primary subjects are clearly defined as the blinded & vulnerable fawns centered within the work, imagery surrounding the fawns provide insight into those symbols which permeate reality. 

The bird, nearly blending into the background despite being a foreground figure, acts as a mirror of the viewer themselves, idly watching as the environment surrounding the fawns comes apart. The strip of branches at the top of the work provide a glimpse into that original natural environment of the fawns, which is being eradicated below. The human tooth, a more literal reflection of the human population, is a vestige of the consumption which destroys environments like these fawns may have otherwise been apart of. My hope is that seeing all that is undone here might encourage reflection of our own undoing. 

Together We will
Charcoal & Graphite on hot pressed cotton watercolor paper.
14" x 11"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase.

INTRODUCTION:

This piece, created for Liz Blood's Creative Feild Guide with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, features two great blue herons spotlighted centrally within the work with elements of their environment surrounding them. As generally solitary animals, these two waterfowl can be presumed to be mating. 

In the 19th and 20th centuries, populations of great blue herons, among other large birds, went into decline due to hunters seeking their feathers for clothing items and accessories. Because of environmental legislation signed into law in 1900, these populations in Oklahoma and many other states are able to stretch their wings and grow. 

Together We Will
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Whisper in the Prarie 
Charcoal & Graphite on Arches hot pressed watercolor paper.
16" x 20"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase.

INTRODUCTION:

The The American Bison in this drawing has been commented on as being a spiritual entity. Almost as if it's an all-knowing creature, perhaps being guided by the stars and the wild birds that whisper to it. 
In the early 1870’s, Americans killed millions of bison to spite native populations.
 It was a selfish goal to starve tribes into submission. It was noted that tourists would shoot them from passenger trains, letting their bodies waste away. Now listed as America’s National Mammal, I often find their bones and teeth remaining in the riverbeds of Oklahoma when fossil hunting with friends. The remaining wild bison live on nature preserves & are protected by federal law, however the starkly diminished numbers of their wild populations has left me filled with grief.

DeathBed & butterflies
Charcoal & Graphite on Arches hot pressed watercolor paper.
22" x 30"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase.

INTRODUCTION:

I started this piece in 2020 during the pandemic and didn't finish the work until the beginning of 2022 in January.

This drawing can be graphic to some, as the Jack Rabbit is exposed internally to the viewer. Void of life, the butterflies take away the rot as the body returns back to the earth surrounded by flowers. A star is present on the shoulder, similar to other drawings I have created in the past. In this work, the star represents the stardust that is present in our bodies and has existed for billions of years. 

This drawing consists of the parts of life that cycle and cycled before humans existed. 

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Two birds one,
Charcoal & graphite on paper, glued to board & frame.
24" x 24"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase at ABV GALLERY.

INTRODUCTION:

After coming back from California and seeing the Brandt's cormorants with their thousands of nests on San Francisco's Alcatraz Island, I felt heavily compelled to draw them. I felt so lucky to visit them during their nesting season. I felt like I was seeing a very private moment of the flock raising their young.

"Any boat traffic within 100 yards of the west, north, or south sides of the island can disturb the cormorants and impair their nesting success." - NPS

This work was created as a project for ABV Gallery's "A Better View" Summer exhibition. 

As they should be
Charcoal & Graphite on paper.
40" x 30"
2022
Original drawing available for purchase at Aberson Exhibits.

INTRODUCTION:

Two foxes surrounded by life, just as they should be in the wild. An image in my mind that I wish to keep, but unfortunately will lose over time as climate change takes over. 

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surrounded by thorns and stars
Charcoal and watercolor on Arches hot pressed watercolor paper.
14" x 11"

2022

 

INTRODUCTION:

A meadowlark sits on a goldenrod surrounded by thorns and stars. This is the last work of 2022, created for a friend.

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