My world shrank these past two years. Formerly a photographer and filmmaker, the strange development of chronic, debilitating vertigo following a bike accident in 2014 necessitated that I trade big screens for balls of wool. Digital frames for three-dimensional, analog comfort. When I'm fully recovered, there is certainly a documentary that will be told of the twisted, terrifying and ultimately soul redeeming journey of healing. But until then, the quiet passing of a needle through wool is helping me return to the simple and profound joy of creating. Needle felting has become a lifeline in my recovery. Each figure takes hundreds of hours to sculpt but the satisfaction of creating during this immense chapter of simplicity and uncertainty is bringing shape and meaning to my days. This hairless cat series - with their exposed bones and curves - intimately expresses the vulnerability and raw, fragile aliveness that is the truth of who we all are, especially when "our protective furs" have fallen away.
Surface Design Journal - Exhibition in Print - 2017
short film - CPR
writer, director, production designer
OFFICIAL SELECTION at POW Festival
Portland, OR - March 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION at Aesthetica Short Film Festival
York, United Kingdom - November 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION at Brisbane International Film Festival
Brisbane, Australia - November 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION at NW Filmmakers Film Festival
Portland, OR - November 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION at Light Assembly Film Festival
Miami, Florida- December 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION at Portland International Film Festival
Portland, OR - February 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION at iShorts
Prague, Czech Republic - June 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION Women's Independent Film Festival
Santa Monica, CA - December 2013
While watching lifeguards perform rescue drills at a neighborhood pool, a woman faces her own need to be saved.
CPR - OFFICIAL TRAILER
i sing the body electric - microsoft manifesto
This little book is a visionary compass generated for Microsoft and the billions of lives touched by their work. Early 2014 my partner (David McLaughlin) and I were summoned to brainstorm, think big, write poetry and imagineer a manifesto that would inspire the internal creative teams to view themselves as humanists first, technologists second.
Here is what now lives in the back pockets of the designers and engineers at Microsoft. Word has it that even the CEO Satya Nadella has a copy on his desk.
All copy and imagery created by myself and David McLaughlin.
documentary - music changes everything
Music Changes Everything is a documentary currently in production that aims to develop a deeper understanding of how an intensive discipline in music can shape the trajectory of a child's life. These diaries are vignettes of the children's lives, adventures and performances filmed and created during the production phase of the documentary.
All videos are filmed, recorded, and edited by yours truly.
To follow progress on the documentary, follow the link:
Meet Iona. This Artemis-in-training and ventriloquist of cats has an overflowing and contagious excitement for life, music and friendship (boys excluded.)
BRAVO JOURNAL #7: Luis
Meet Luis. When he loves a song, he learns to play it on any instrument he can get his hands on. Currently, Pachelbel's Canon in D is the lucky muse to this gentle and lyrical heart.
BRAVO JOURNAL #6: ODE TO FUR
What happens when a few musicians from BRAVO Youth Orchestras and some fur balls from Oregon Humane Society get together? A symphonic celebration of slobber, that's what.
BRAVO JOURNAL #5: Benedicte
Meet Benedicte and her parents. At just nine years old, Benedicte and her gracious, smiling heart are already making this world a brighter place.
BRAVO JOURNAL #4: Adajion
Meet Adajion. King of vibrato. Devotee of the cello and mom.
A special thank you to world class cellist Alban Gerhardt for sharing a stand with Adajion in the concert footage and being an inspiration to all the tiny musicians.
BRAVO JOURNAL #3: Stanford Thompson Visits Bravo
Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. Last month, Stanford observed Portland's program Bravo and shared his tireless dedication and insight with us all...as well as a few of his mad trumpet skills.
BRAVO JOURNAL #2: Brent
Meet Brent. He's a bass player, poet, philosopher and an advocate for peace. It's going to be a great pleasure following Brent on his journey through Bravo and beyond.
BRAVO JOURNAL #1: Bravo's Youth Orchestra opens for the Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert
Bravo students brave the crowds and the heat as they open for Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert.
FUR IS ABOUT TO FLY
What happens when a few musicians from Bravo Youth Orchestras and some fur balls from Oregon Humane Society get together? Here is a teaser of what's to come.
short film - 9
writer, directer, producer
BEST OREGON SHORT FILM - Portland International Film Festival
Portland, OR - February 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
Portland, OR - March 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Dances With Films
Hollywood, CA - June 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Salento International Film Festival
Salento, Italy - June 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - NW Film Forum - Local Sightings Festival
Seattle, WA - October 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - San Fransisco Dance Film Festival
San Francisco, CA - November 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Working Art Space and Production Festival
Romania - March 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Cabriolet Film Festival
Beirut, Lebanon - May 2015
Standing on the threshold between innocence and experience, a young ballerina glimpses a hidden truth about her future as she teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. 9 is a coming of age tale about the mysterious and sometimes frightening initiations that usher us into our becoming.
9 - OFFICIAL TRAILER
Portland Edible Gardens - webisodes
Over a period of 12 months, I am working closely with Portland Edible Gardens, the land and the seasons to create a series of educational videos to help the eager and hungry gardener get a leg up on their own backyard veggie market.
If given a super power, my choice is clear: invisibility. Rather than flying or lifting a bus, I would prefer to quietly sit unnoticed and watch the solitary lives of people unfold. Or in some cases, unravel. At the end of the day when the blinds are drawn and we're alone, there is a quiet shedding of conditioning that lays exposed the vulnerable throat of our psyches. When alone in the sanctuaries of our homes, we become our true selves, unfettered by outward appearances and socially acceptable behavior. This series pushes back against psychological analysis and embraces the absurd, quirky sensuous and tragic worlds of our multifaceted existence. Home Alone is an invitation to become invisible and step inside the homes of strangers to observe, laugh, blush and ultimately witness ourselves.
me and death
Taxidermy frightens yet draws me near. This is a self-portrait series that explores this tension and invites an intimacy with the more fuzzy and colorful palettes of death.
film concept photos
While a film is still in its early stages of development, one of my favorite tasks is to conceptualize scenes and create still images that capture the overall mood and color of the film as well as the arresting, cinematic moments that the characters inhabit.
Please contact me if you'd like a furry beast portrait!