Bio

Drawing has always been central to how I express my creative voice. And it’s a humbling experience. Every piece, every sketch, each commission wrestles with the unknown. Where do I begin? Once I’ve begun to put pencil to paper or paint to canvas, how do I continue? Was that the right mark? Was it? When is the piece complete?

To draw a landscape, a face, any form, can transcend the image or object itself. While a photograph captures the moment, a drawing includes a series of moments in one frame — the change in breath, the variance of light, the loss of time. A good drawing can sometimes feel more alive than the object itself. Because, in some ways, it is.

My journey as an artist has taken me down many varied paths. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and two years working as a visual artist, I packed up my life and moved to San Francisco. With the move, I began pursuing production design for film along with projection and scenic design for theater. The Bay Area theater scene became my home, where I created designs for 16 productions and received awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for “Best Video Design” and “Outstanding Achievement”. Meanwhile, my wife and I opened our own small business, Earthbody Day Spa. Since the company’s founding in 2005, we have developed Earthbody into one of the most respected massage establishments in San Francisco. We also created Omcali, our line of handcrafted organic skincare. Through all of my experiences, what I’ve learned through drawing has been the cornerstone.

I have now come full circle back to drawing and painting, as I work to establish my career as a visual artist and teacher. I’m captivated by human bodies and the stories they tell in gesture, form and movement. I’m moved by the way human and animal portraits communicate emotion and purpose. I love the tactile experience of drawing and observing the world.

In teaching, I’m drawing on decades of study as a visual artist and 10+ years of focused practice with meditation and Buddhism. I believe creative expression and the spiritual path are interwoven journeys. In teaching visual art, I cover technique, but emphasize working with the mind to remove the obstacles to creativity. In teaching meditation, I’m always interested in exploring the voice and spontaneous expression that arises through meditation and spiritual practice.

I believe we all share a similar longing — to find ways to truly express ourselves, to claim our artistry, to get messy with paint and pastel and charcoal. Thank you for keeping art alive.

Long live the pencil,
Wesley