I was honored to be selected as an Artist-In-Residence at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico) for the first two weeks of October. This is my fifth park residency since 2016. During the residency I lived in the park, held demonstrations, and (of course) modeled my masks in the beautiful park. Bandelier is a gorgeous place with a rich Native American history. I also enjoyed exploring Santa Fe and nearby Los Alamos. I highly recommend the residency!
I was honored to be selected as the March Artist-In-Residence for Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida. Big Cypress Preserve shares a contiguous ecosystem with the Everglades so I was able to work and play in one of the largest areas of protected land in the North American lower 48. I took a boat ride out amongst the mangrove islands, hiked into chest deep swamps, and explored the nearby Miami art scene. At the end of the residency I had an Art Show / "Meet and Greet" at the Swamp Welcome Center. This is my fourth National Park Service Artist-In-Residency in three years.
I had the privilege of being an Artist-In-Residence for Lassen Volcanic National Park in North California. I lived and worked in the park for two weeks in July. As with my previous National Park residency, I focused on creating regional animal inspired masks. Lassen has a particularly unique landscape: it boasts all four types of volcanos. I was able to photograph and model my masks on a plug dome, composite, shield, and cinder cone volcano. There may be no other place in the world where I could have done that in a relatively short period of time. I also enjoyed photographing the masks on snow drifts, frozen lakes, lava tube caves, and deep blue lakes. You can follow all of my modeled masks on my Instagram account.
I was a summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Petrified National Forest Park in Arizona. I lived in a Park historic cabin for three weeks across from the legendary Painted Desert Inn. During my residency I made five original animal masks and worked with models to photograph my work in the unique and otherworldly landscape. I also displayed my work at the Holbrook Train Depot for their monthly art series, showed work at the annual Route 66 festival, and held a two day demonstration at the lovely La Posada Hotel in Winslow.