Elk in the Room (2016) plexiglas and ink, mounted in LED lightbox.

I’ve been wanting to deal with wildlife in my art for quite a long time. Part of it is my southern upbringing (hunting and fishing were a big part of my childhood) and part of it is because I grew up with wildlife art all around me, way before I ever got to see Van Goghs or Picassos. But I knew I needed a unique way of introducing the concept of wildlife into my work. With the lightbox, I’ve found it.

This has truly been a labor of love and one of the most challenging pieces I’ve ever made. It’s a big departure for me, and my goal is for it to resonate with the viewer as both comfortingly pastoral and technologically complex.

I was pleased to discover Elk in the Room received great feedback at ArtCrush 2016, the annual art auction that benefits the Aspen Art Museum, and I was even more pleased that it went for nearly twice the estimated price.

To see a video of Elk in the Room being turned on, click here.

To see a video of Double Elk, click herescreen-shot-2016-10-29-at-12-25-47-pm