Returning to the ancient art of tattooing after pursuing traditional and visionary forms of painting for the past 20 years, I am deeply inspired to create transformative works of living art, in collaboration with the individuals who will be wearing them.
I am deeply motivated and intrigued by the potentials inherent in the ritualized space of tattooing; one which has the potential to create lasting positive transformation in us. I have been fortunate enough to have been on the receiving end of such transformation, both from artists I deeply admire, and by tattooing myself during intense periods of life, where an outer transformation was essential to anchor the inner transformations I was experiencing.
After an initial practice of 5 years in the professional tattoo industry through an apprenticeship in Minnesota with Megan Hoogland and 4 years of work in a busy Seattle shop, I left the industry to pursue a greater degree of creative freedom through oil painting. I always knew that I would come back to the craft when my skills were truly needed. The time has undeniably arrived…
In the past 2 decades, I have honed my painting skills independently, and through extensive studies with masters in a wide variety of traditions, eventually receiving my master’s degree in Traditional Arts from a very small, prestigious school in London. Upon diving deep into a vast array of arts practices, I understand even more what a rich tradition tattooing represents, so it is an honor to be called back by the medium itself.
Here are some of the artistic skill sets I have gained over the past 20 years, which now influence my tattoo work:
– Egg tempera icon painting in Italian and Russian lineages
– Mixed-technique egg tempera & oil painting in the Viennese lineage
– Classical realism atelier training in the Florence Academy lineage
– Alla prima painting with numerous modern realist painters
– Minature painting in Indian & Persian styles
– Manuscript illumination
– Calligraphic arts & lettering
– Stone carving
– Wood carving
– Plaster carving
– Metal casting
– Islamic Geometry & Western Sacred Geometry
If you are interested in sharing your concepts with me for new tattoo work, and are in Colorado or willing to travel, use the form at the bottom of the page to tell me more about your ideas and intentions. From there, we’ll set up a consultation to bring your visions one step closer to reality. . .
My chosen aesthetics of this journey into ritual ink are aligned with sacred geometry, architecture, spiritual esoterica, art forms in nature, Art Nouveau and classical sculpture; all manifesting through a muted color palette of primarily black & grey, graphic lines and dotwork, plus chromatic black shading using subtle color accents, rather than full blown visionary color palettes.