Inspired by one of Edward Whymper's original illustrations, this drawing employs ink and black and white charcoal to capture the dramatic light on glacier and stone. Building clouds and a medieval forest in the valleys below set the mood of impending danger.
High in the Weminuche Wilderness, the early sunlight just brushes the tall peaks, while the valley below is still chilled in twilight. A sleepy backpacker ignites her campstove to begin the daybreak rituals of morning coffee, a few handfuls of trailmix, and then the rote striking of camp. Colored pencil and ink.
Four intrepid figures find their way to the top of Mount Maudit in the French Alps in this moody drawn representation of the wild world above the clouds. Jagged stone spires, daunting peaks and rolling fog fall away from the center focal point where we see the climbers making their way to the summit.
My own little dome tent, camped on the edge of the Weminuche Wilderness is seen here, captured in charcoal and a limited pastel palette. The warmth of a sun breaking out of summer storm clouds just touches the grass surrounding the tent as the viewer looks on.
Shown in soft graphite detail is a heroic shoulder belay inspired by Pasang Lama, a high altitude porter on one of the earlier attempts on K2.
The balance, strength, and determination necessary for crushing a tough overhanging boulder problem are shown in this black and white ink and charcoal illustration.
Zion Ultra Runner
Running up from the shadowy depths of Zion canyon, an ultra runner greets the day on the rim. When the sun comes up, as they say, whether your'e a lion or gazelle, you'd better be running. Colored pencil and ink.
An unidentified rock climber, rendered in graphite, checks his footing on an exposed face traverse.
Climbing can be an act of liberation, an escape from the stress and chaos of life in the freedom of total focus. In this dramatic illustration, this is shown rather literally in ink and charcoal.
In colored pencil and ink, we see a mountaineer contemplating the climb ahead of him. He sits on his heavy pack and clutches his beaten leather-bound journal close. While he thinks, the shadows climb higher and higher on the peaks behind him.
Shown in graphite drawing detail is a crimp hold. This difficult, and often painful technique of gripping rock puts a large strain on the fingers and joints, as seen here.
The tools of the mountaineering trade used to be hewn from wool, leather, and iron. Intricately represented in ink and white charcoal you can see the long ice axes, hob-nailed boots, lantern, hemp rope, canvas rucksack, and a few other odds and ends, essential to survival in the icy vertical domain.
Illustrations of modern backpacking gear with a vintage look.
The Watch Crystal Map
Climbing routes, lines, and history are plotted on the face of a classic Durango, Colorado, crag. The vintage feel is accomplished through drawing with conte.
Cropped from the crowded pages of a sketchbook, this is a small charcoal drawing of a imagined cabin set in a pine forest.
This multi media drawing was created for a fund-raiser for the local chapter of a wilderness advocacy group. In it we see three generations of outdoors women climbing up a sunlit ridge in the San Juans despite the lowering skies.
A mountaineer finds himself in a rather precarious position on a rocky face. Vintage look and feel in ink and charcoal.
A stalwart member of the Colorado Mountain Club leads a group of fancily dressed city-dwellers up Longs Peak, circa 1920, in this drawing.
A determined climber makes his way out of the bright fall foliage of New England onto a lichen-bespecked granite ridge.
Two Character Study
An illustration in ink and colored pencil of a climber and his faithful yeti friend for a project still in development.
Study of a character for style and mood in ink and colored pencil.
Character Study 2
Another character illustration to continue working out the costume and proportions of a yeti.
The valleys in South-Eastern Utah are home to many incredible ancient stone homes, and this particularly famous one, known as the Burning House, is rendered here in graphite and ink. The weathered and multi colored sandstone cliff in which the ruin sits creates the dramatic effect of flames rising over the forgotten dwelling.
A simple charcoal and ink drawing on gray toned paper of a sandstone arch arcing behind a wind-gnarled tree.
In just the right conditions, in just the right time of year, hidden away in deep, labyrinth-like slot canyons, an intrepid adventurer may stumble upon lost frozen towers of ice. And when that happens, the only thing to do is rack up and sink your picks into that waterfall and climb to the top. Colored pencil and ink.
In this stylish black and white ink illustration a figure riding horseback is just about to emerge from the shadows of a deep sandstone canyon. Behind the figure, carved meticulously into the rock, are dozens of petroglyphs, telling a story only their artists know.
8" X 10" ink
Protector was inspired by the pollution devastating the West. The old defenders combine with modern elements of resistance and protection against poison to create an image of defiant vigilance against all those who would harm the sacred land.
11" X 14" ink
The Guardian is inspired by the brave warriors who resisted the invasion of their sacred homeland during the Indian Wars. By combining modern elements of guerrilla soldiers, present day rebels and freedom fighters, this simple black and white drawing strives to capture the resolve of all those who defend their own ancient lands.
AFTER #1 was submitted and accepted into the Juried Exhibition at Studio &, Durango, Colorado, April 2017. In it we see an elder and youth, sitting atop the ruins of an lost industrial society discussing history, mythology, the future, or perhaps something more tangible. The twin peaks of the Bears Ears rise behind them far off in the distance.