i am a visual artist, illustrator, writer, and activist of mixed European (Finnish, Scottish, Volga German) and unknown descent currently living and working on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ traditional territories. i work primarily in photography, illustration, mixed media, printmaking, and text.
as an artist, i enjoy drawing attention to the invisible and unseen details of things. i approached this sketchbook in an improvisational manner. each double-page spread is a single composition, totalling fifteen compositions, plus the front and end pages. all but three of the compositions are mixed media drawing with digital photography; only one composition is in colour. the initial plan was to use a photograph in every composition but as i was pasting the photographs onto the pages i thought it would be fun to leave a few blank. another initial intention was to expand the drawings from the photographs, to make them more photorealistic. some of them take this approach as a starting-off point and then expand, sometimes literally; others are completely abstract, incorporating the photo in a different way.
patterns and textures are satisfying and soothing to draw. this is my first attempt at this kind of project. i really enjoyed putting together this sketchbook, and i hope that it is as enjoyable to view as it was to make. i named it "devotions" because i feel like each drawing is a devotion to the act of artmaking, and the entire book is a devotion to artistic life.
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