From the beginning of my childhood, I was encouraged to wander, explore, and create. That basic principle of discovering the unknown has led me on a journey of big mountain exploring consisting of skiing, climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and kayaking. I push every boundary and challenge myself constantly, both mentally and physically.
I love that my passions have arrived at a cycle. The world gives me snow and big mountains I can ski and summit, and in return I give the world my art. It is an invigorating exchange of energy that makes my life meaningful. One side of my work could not exist without the other. I am drawn by my passion to be in the mountains, away from everything, and to become a part of the environment. It’s a beautiful thing, to experience the mountains and valleys, and physically feel their toll on your body. It gives me an appreciation for life, and drives my creativity. I can come back from an excursion and sit and paint for a full day, excited and driven from my time away in the mountains.
I tend to paint the mountains I have become familiar with…the mountains I most recently summited. My goal is to bring together the unforgiving elements of the peaks and to also add an inviting feeling (the one I feel before summiting a peak). I want the viewer to feel welcomed when looking at my painting of a mountain or glacier, to be in awe of how majestic it is, and to be humbled of the real destination. I also paint as a way to remember the time I spent in that special place. I don’t tend to go back to the same places, and I don’t ever want to forget the peaks I have summited or the glaciers I have traversed. Painting those memories lets me remember, and be thankful for those times I spent there.
When I ski and when I paint, I am celebrating the human body and it’s connection with the surrounding world. I want to light a fire inside the viewer. A curiosity that cannot be contained, and that must be acted upon. If successful, I have promoted the great outdoors, and pushed someone to experience their own life in a new way.
I am not just a ski mountaineer or just a painter. I am both, and that makes me unique.
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|