In 2014 Saucony surprised me by reaching out looking for help branding a limited edition shoe release in their Originals line. The Lodge Pack Dixon trainers were an update on a classic silhouette originally designed by New Zealander Rod Dixon in 1983. Besides being one of the best runners of his time, with both a sub-3:53 mile and a sub-2:09 marathon to his credit, Rod was famous for his training regime and love of the outdoors. Once quoted as saying "All I want to do is drink beer and train like an animal" Rod possessed a raw natural energy I wanted to capture when working on the launch.
The release featured my illustrations and hand lettering overlayed on photos from my adventures across the west and was paired with a rustic photoshoot in the New England woods near Saucony's headquarters in Massachusetts. Each pair was shipped in a special edition box and accompanied by one of two collectable inserts with my art. The rest of the series was used to promote the launch on social media leading up to release day which went incredibly well as all 2500 pairs sold out in the first 24 hours after going online!
My bike has always been my best wingman when looking for adventure, so when I got a chance to display at Portland's ARTCRANK it was one of the most enjoyable projects I've ever worked on.
In 2012 Brett Farrell contacted me looking for help with bringing a vision he had for a trail running inspired brand to life. As dedicated runners ourselves we had both noticed a lack of casual apparel in the sport and Brett was ready to do something about it. That vision turned into the creation of Territory Run Co.
Trail running is a lifestyle its runners are very proud of representing and Territory is committed to creating a community that connects those very runners. It's been a fun ride helping create the visuals behind such a passionate company.
My favorite times riding a bike have often come when heading place to place in the small Colorado towns I've spent a lot of my life in. One of the best excuses to hop on the bike will always be to grab some brews from the local store. It's that small town nostalgia that inspired this design.
This series of ink and colored pencil illustrations was sparked by an interest in hand drawn typography and inspired by brilliant Sanborn Fire Insurance map typography published between 1880 and 1920.
Each drawing grew organically starting with minimal sketching, and the final piece is a combination of Micron pen lines, and color from Prismacolor colored pencils, two of my favorite mediums when working by hand.
These illustrations were created as part of my BeWilder BFA Show.
Minard & Sons
There's something special about the stories a rusting old truck has to tell.
The last lines of America's National Anthem not only serve as a reminder of the great history and resilience of our country but also apply to its interior. The wildernesses found in America truly are the land of the free and home of the brave.
Digital Design & Illustration
BFA Senior Design Show
BeWilder was the culmination of my time as a Graphic Design student at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. The final 12-piece collection was my first chance to create specifically for a gallery space and was a joint venture with 3 other artists who created their shows alongside mine. BeWilder became the name of the show because of the inspiration I receive from spending time in the wilderness when I'm feeling lost or uninspired.
These are a few selects from the show.
Collabarating Artists: Bailey McLean Laura Heck Mark Mitchell
Pathfinder is the yearly Arts & Literature magazine of Western State Colorado University (Formerly Western State College). While a student at Western I served as a designer on the small staff.
The grand lodges of the National Parks have defined a generation of rustic American architecture, and also inspired me while growing up as my family traveled the west visiting America's most famed National Parks.
Lake McDonald Lodge Glacier National Park, Montana
Lake Quinault Lodge Olympic National Park, Washington
Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
The Queen Stage
The world's grand cycling tours all have a day nicknamed the Queen Stage. It is always the most difficult stage and the biggest challenge for the riders of the entire tour. When the the USA Pro Cycling challenge brought their weeklong race through the mountains of Colorado it took the Queen Stage to a whole new level. The 2nd stage of the inaugural race was dubbed the most difficult day of any professional stage race in the world, as over the 131 mile route from Gunnison to Aspen riders had to ascend 2 separate mountain passes in excess of 12,000 feet.