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.

 

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a headline I wasnt prepared to read

This is exactly the kind of shit I have come to expect from the Pacific Northwest.

sexyseventhgrader:

a headline I wasnt prepared to read

This is exactly the kind of shit I have come to expect from the Pacific Northwest.

Rubber Boa

If you have no idea what a rubber boa is, you are missing out. If you have never held one in the process of removing it from a high-traffic footpath while baked as a bean in the woods, you are REALLY missing out. 

Seriously - look at this thing.

It’s like Nature became the artist who tries to draw a perfect masterpiece but realizes too soon that the idea and the skill level required to make it a reality are not going to coincide, so Nature just says “fuck it, I’ll draw the cartoon version” and suddenly, we have rubber boas. 

If you live in Oregon and have never been to Cougar Hot Springs, you are missing out. 

I’ve lived here for 10+ years of my life and I still find myself thinking, “Damn, Oregon. You steal my breath away.” 

Totally forgot to mention that when Andrew, Cabal, and I went to the Oregon Coast a while back, we spotted a black bear! You can see it in the last picture dead center by the tree line. He was standing on his hind legs to get a better view of us. Cabal stuck right by our sides, but sure as hell let the bear knew that he’d seen it! 

Took a break from filming to get some shots of the forest with the awesome lighting. 

There is a forest full of mushrooms near Pacific City. As a kid, my family would vacation here on the holidays and I’d track deer through these forests for hours on end. 

There is a forest full of mushrooms near Pacific City. As a kid, my family would vacation here on the holidays and I’d track deer through these forests for hours on end. 

What better place for a group portrait than in a cave underground somewhere in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest? Thanks, Devanka, for making this trip awesome! 

What better place for a group portrait than in a cave underground somewhere in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest? Thanks, Devanka, for making this trip awesome!