I've been so fortunate to be able to design scenery for almost 20 years! Crazy! It's pretty epic to watch a bunch of artists turn your idea into reality. Seriously, how lucky am i?!?!? Here are a few pictures from the many shows I've designed over the years. Some are pictures of pictures because, ya know, they're pretty old. But I hope you can see the very playful through-line in my work. Curiosity. When it comes to solving spatial issues, I'm kind of a big deal. And I'm really nice.
I absolutely love to paint. Especially this. When I'm looking for the impossible people and places in my work, I am transported. The zone, I guess. My brain hums, all attention focused forward. It's my favorite place to be.
This is painting I've done for various theaters and businesses.
My favorite project to date! I got to recreate Rembrandt’s work for a production on Tartuffe at the Arvada Center.
This is a progress shot with the research material taped to the canvas. I got to fiddle with this piece for about 30 hours, then had to move on.
One of the many scumbles I have done over the years. These are used as backdrops at local studios for Andre Michaels National Portrait Gallery.
This is where I spend a lot of my energy. It's pretty fun, and very tough on the hands. So I'm careful. As you can see, my fake food game is on point. I dont mean to brag, but I use a lot of products in a way that they were not intended.
This is the working drawing I got to do these Giant heads for a production of Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center, 2019. Design by Nicole Watts.
Proof of concept mock up in 1/2” scale
Full sized mock up for the Giant heads. Thats my supervisor, Meghan, holding it up.
Now I use my pattern to cut it out of the foam.
Here is the pattern put together with contact cement
Facial features made of expanding foam and batting.
It begins to take shape!
This is the start of a faux carved wood bear for a production of The Foreigner and the Arvada Center. I laminated several pieces of closed cell foam to achieve the desired size.
Subtractive carving with hot knife and lots of PPE.
Adding a bit back in with expanding foam.
Skimming it with my special sauce to give it some texture.
Voila!!! A lightweight replica of a very expensive handcarved statue. Ideal for rep theater!
Oh yeah, and I love redoing furniture. I used to scour the alleys of Denver for projects to do and sell. It is amazing what people throw away. They have no idea that you can re-glue, re-cover or re-wire almost anything of value. But I do.
I learned to restore furniture with this piece. I took it all the way apart and put it back together. Then reupholstered it!
Oh my God, Oh my God you guys….this repaint and reupholster was for our production of Legally Blonde!
Repaint and reupholster for Over the Rainbow.
The lady who bought the chairs commissioned this.
Ever since I was a little kid, I've lived to draw and paint. I can not imagine how many pictures of horses i have given to my mother. Untold. And it continues. It borders on compulsory for me. An itch that needs scratching. I dream of becoming an author/illustrator. 2019 will see my dream realized.
I changed the front of an existing book cover, and created a back cover (using Photoshop) for this prop for the staged version of "Elf" at the Arvada Center, 2018
I was a Communications/Theater major in college. Really setting myself up for success, I know. But I did learn that I loved editing and graphic design. These silly projects were just an outpouring of that love.
Total Eclipse of the Arts
This was SO much fun to put together. We filmed for 45min to an hour at the #arvadacenter with all my performing arts peeps. Thanks for starring, Jessie Page!
Cup of Noodles 69cent
My friend Brian INSISTED that I make a movie about him. Here you go.
I don't even like today
So, I freaking love Snapchat. The bee filter was the one that brought out my inner exhibitionist. I dont know what that means, but, there you are.