Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
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.

 

Awww yiss. 

One of the weird parts about being a freelance artist is that my income fluctuates greatly. Some months, I barely have enough to get by. Some months, I have extra cash, but not enough to purchase anything worthwhile, so it goes into savings for later. Then, every so often, I have times when I’ve earned enough money to allow myself the privilege of splurging.

Even then, I’m weird in that I only feel good about splurging on things that can be useful to me. I’d like to buy a bunch of pelts for my personal collection, but instead, I’m going to buy a camera lens. Because the lens has more uses and can help my business (and this blog) grow. 

So here we have the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4. - a lens which produces classic 35mm images with striking sharpness, bokeh backgrounds, and stunning color and contrast. I’ll be using it for landscape photography (including nighttime landscapes!), portrait work, snapping shots of my products for the shop, and of course, taking pictures of Cabal and Blackjack. 

I admit, I’m actually most excited about using this one for night shots. With a lens like this, it’s possible to get shots like THIS and THIS with a long exposure at a low ISO. With the 18-55mm f/3.5 Canon lens that I have right now, this is practically impossible. The number of times I’ve seen such beautiful nighttime landscapes while camping, but have been unable to shoot them, is mind-blowing, and yes, even frustrating. 

This lens is also impeccable for daytime shooting. And while it doesn’t have auto-focus, I’m actually used to working with a manual focus like this. The first time I used a 35mm lens, it was a broken Canon loaned to me by the talented Teddy Anderson. I fell in love with his lens, but at over $1,300.00, it’s far beyond my reach. Research has also concluded that, so long as you don’t mind the fact that it’s manual focus, the Rokinon actually performs better and has less distortion than its Canon counterpart. 

So, I’m getting this lens. It will be awesome. And I’ll have enough left over to put into savings for summertime travels. I cannot wait to use it! 

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    A beautiful lens. I love mine
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