Welcome to our website. My name is Tony, and this is an introduction to who I am and what our studio is all about.
I have a variety of interests, but my chief passions are building and riding motorcycles, making art, travel, and adventure in all its forms. I am inspired by the places I visit and the people I meet. I have worked variously as a mechanic, construction worker, horse wrangler, and a sign painter, and have lived in both the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in various small towns and cities across the United States.
I was born and raised in rural Alaska. The relative isolation and lack of television and other distractions left me with plenty of time to spend in my own head. As a result, I was a voracious reader, and drew and painted whenever I could. Summers were filled with fishing and camping, but there wasn't a whole lot to do in the nine month winters outside of school and work. Generally, I drew for my own entertainment, but as I got older, I took on occasional commercial jobs. After high school, I moved to Seattle, where I studied print and sculpture at Cornish College of the Arts. Upon graduating with a BAA in Fine Arts, I spent several years working and traveling across the US with my wife Elsa.
I met Elsa in high school, where we worked together with the art club printing shirts for various sports teams, clubs, and events. Later, when we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we began printing together again, this time designing and producing show posters for local rock shows, something we continued when we returned to Seattle. Over the years, we have collaborated on various art projects, ranging from puppet making to short films. However, printmaking has always been an intrinsic part of our creative life together. Elsa is the backbone of the studio, keeping the schedules and making sure the trains run on time.
Making artwork has always been a natural expression for me, something like breathing. I don't really question why I do it, I just do it. I draw to entertain myself, and I draw because I don't know what I would do if I didn't. Most of my work has a strong narrative element to it, and my imagery leans to the darker end of the spectrum. Whether this is due to the cold and dark environment I was raised in, or simply part of my nature, I don't know. I consider myself a tireless optimist, but I'm not afraid to turn over rocks to see what's beneath. My creative process is all about dialing into my subconscious, seeing what imagery floats to the surface, and doing my best to transcribe it. I am inspired equally by the natural and manmade worlds, by machinery and wild places, dreams, myths, and technology. I try to bring a kinetic quality to my work, a sense of freedom and motion.
All artwork and images are the products of my imagination. Elsa and I hand print our editions together, using water based ink on archival paper. We currently live in Saint Helens, Oregon, with our two weird cats, Marley and Niflheim. You can keep up with our latest artwork and adventures by subscribing to our newsletter.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the work, or just want to say hello. We would love to hear from you.