To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.
All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.
As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.
I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.
Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.
Lately I’ve been seeing the whole trend of “keeping large wild carnivorous animals as pets is so totally cool!” thing cropping up again. Let me make one thing abundantly clear to anyone considering adopting a wolf, wolfdog, savanna cat, serval, fox or any other mammalian wild carnivore as a pet. There are things to expect:
Things to expect: greater difficulty house training, litter box training, leash training, or obedience training your animal. A greater difficulty in keeping your animal from escaping his or her enclosure and an increased difficulty working around their natural desire to roam around and be outside, as well as a greater desire to chase hunt and kill other animals. These animals will want to hunt. These animals will become frustrated and destructive kept inside a house alone. These animals will have little to no interest in pleasing their master. These animals will scent mark. These animals are wild and wild animals have a healthy aversion to humans, if you fuck up you will psychologically damage the animal and run a risk of physically damaging yourself.You will need a specialty vet. You will need specialty food. You will need specialty housing. You will be spending upwards of thousands of dollars and many many more hours a week caring for your pet than a domestic pet.
Things not to expect: A cool thing you can walk around and be so awesome with and be the envy of the dog park. An animal that’s “just like a dog.” An animal that will be ok with being cuddled and manhandled by you or a vet. The cops/your neighbors being A-OK with this thing living with you.
ARE WE CLEAR