Pioneers from Beyond: Artist Statement
My current body of work illustrates a fictional series of events and interactions between various extraterrestrials and settlers of the Western United States. I have always been a bit of a storyteller, and as I draw in my sketchbooks to create the concepts for my paintings, I am slowly building and expanding on a western fantasy world. Much like a medieval setting with tales of elves and fairies, my imaginary landscape is that of the southwest desert where UFO’s hover on the horizons and aliens eat gold. And much like the mischievous and even malevolent nature of elves in fairy stories, the extraterrestrials in my paintings often have sinister motives.
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