My Secret Art


Most people only see me wearing abundant ski clothing and are unaware of how I spend my time off the hill.

I’m a creative individual and creativity is one thing that skiing requires. The ability to quickly decide, change or innovate ways to transport yourself down a mountain or to propel yourself off a jump requires both physical skill and personal style. Skiing is my outlet and place to feel free without the distractions of the world. Without an outlet for expression and freedom, I am a bottle rocket ready to explode. Skiing and drawing are one in the same to me. They both allow me to funnel my creative urges and escape from everyday mundane life.

I haven’t always been interested in art. My infatuation with drawing started at a young age and was reignited a few years ago. One season I found myself bedridden and filled with exponential boredom, so I picked up a pencil and started to draw. Initially, I started drawing everything from friends to beautiful women. Quickly thereafter my other love and interest in the simple art-form of drawing returned.

Now four years later, I continue drawing and experiment to broaden my horizons encompassing new styles. I love using charcoal, especially with the female body. The female body captures the perfect balance between harsh positive and negative ranges in shadowing. The gentleness in femininity is greatly complimented by extreme curves found in portraits as well.


A young black boy portrait I drew using charcoal

Self portrait using Indian Ink

I’ve also started using Indian Ink and watercolors. Indian Ink is very popular with calligraphy and an unforgiving art-form to use. One mistake and your piece is ruined. You can only use Indian Ink while stroking in a downwards motion. Because of this it makes it more tedious and difficult, but the sharp lines are unmistakably unique when done correctly. Watercolor is a very common art form that can be easily labeled as fancy colored pencils with a watered brush. One creates calming colors that are easy on the eye.

Discrete Empire

The word discrete comes from the 15th century Latin word discretus, which means separate. Discrete Headwear, asked me to draw a piece that captures their style. (water colors)

My inspiration for my work has a lot to do with my surroundings and emotions. I’ve always loved bipolar artists like Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe, because of their obsessive attitudes during a depressive phase when most of their masterpieces were completed. My favorite artist is a Russian born surrealist painter and sculptor named Vladimir Kush whom I discovered through a friend. He uses mostly oil based paints and creates amazing work on extremely large canvases. They draw you in and make you feel like you’re living in a fantasy.

Drawing is a great way to unwind and escape. Creating something meaningful is truly priceless!