Artist Statement

A moment in the outdoors captivates, inspires, and refreshes.

 

As an artist, I spend hours rendering and recreating fleeting ephemeral moments for a large and sometimes anonymous audience to experience while wandering into a gallery, clicking through my website, or scrolling through social media.

 

As a guide and outdoor trip leader, I share a grander sum of moments over the course of a day or two with a smaller corporeal audience while drifting down a river, treading up a mountain, or gliding through the snow.

Biography

 

I paint, draw, sculpt, print, and make in whatever method best transmits an experience. However, I would be the first to admit that my work—no matter the medium, dedication, or inspiration—cannot capture and render an experience as expansive, multi-sensory, and ephemeral as a moment in the outdoors.

 

So why do I try? I try for the prospect that I may incite some viewers to go and explore the natural world for themselves.

I am currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Idaho while teaching art and design courses, guiding whitewater rafting trips on the Lower Salmon River, leading backpacking trips in Idaho’s wilderness areas, and exploring remote landscapes.

I had an active upbringing in the serene landscape of the Salmon River in Central Idaho.  A childhood spent exploring jutting mountain ranges, rugged glacial lakes, and winding river canyons—on foot and at the oars of a raft—continues to drive who I am as an individual and artist.  My inspiration comes from the past, present, and future of the grand landscapes of Idaho and the greater Northwest.

Education

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

            MFA, Studio Art: Anticipated Graduation May 2020

           

Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. 2017

 Bachelor of Science (cum laude): Studio Art, Painting; Exercise Science, Integ. Physiology    

 

 

Exhibitions

Tension (MFA Group Show)

Ridenbaugh Gallery; University of Idaho; Moscow, ID (2018)

WSU/UI Exchange Show

Fine Arts Gallery 2; Washington State University; Pullman, WA (2018)

Artistic, Anatomical Movement of the Human Body by Kaleb Bass

Education Building; University of Idaho; Moscow, ID (2017–2018)

Light Show (MFA Group Show)

Ridenbaugh Gallery; University of Idaho; Moscow, ID (2017)

Recent Graduates Show

Blackfish Gallery; Portland, OR (2017)

(e)Motion Senior Show

Cawein Gallery; Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2017)

Senior Capstone preview Mini-show

Brown Hall; Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2016)

Public Art Commission For Washburne Hall

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2016)

Human Body Canvas Project

Tom Miles Theatre, Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2014, 2015)

Pacific University Faculty Select Show

Kathrin Cawein Gallery, Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2014, 2015)

Salmon River Art Guild Fall Show

Riggins Community Center; Riggins, ID (2014)

Grangeville High School Senior Show

Grangeville High School; Grangeville, ID (2013)

Pine Tree Community Credit Union

Grangeville, ID (2013)

Salmon River Art Guild Spring Show

IOOF Hall; White Bird, ID  (2013) –People's Choice Award

Salmon River Art Guild Fall Regional Show

Salmon Rapids Lodge; Riggins, ID (2012) –Best in Show, 2 honorable mentions

 

 

Honors and Awards

Marshall, H. James Art Scholarship

University of Idaho; Moscow, ID (2018)

Outstanding Senior in Fine and performing arts

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2017)

Senior Capstone Research Grants

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2016–2017)

Cawein Endowed Art Scholarship

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2015–2017)

Honors Scholarship

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2013–2017)

Pacesetter Scholarship

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2013–2017)

Pacific’s Got talent Winner– Art Category

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (2014)

Dean’s List, College of Arts & Sciences

Pacific University; Forest Grove, OR (Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) Scholarship

CIAA; Grangeville, ID (2013)

                                                         

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

      August 2017 to Present

Courses Taught: Painting I, Integrated Design Process, Integrated Drawing, Innovations in Contemporary Art and Design

 

Outdoor Program Trip Leader

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

      April 2017 to Present

           

Arts and Crafts Facilitator

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Government Camp, Oregon

      June 2017 to July 2017

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But what I really aim to accomplish—whether it is through a moment mediated by inanimate materials spotlighted by artificial light and retransmitted through a screen, or through a weekend trekking about the landscape beneath the radiant sun—is to inspire individuals to seek out firsthand experiences of their own, as an audience of one in a world full of moments.