Born in Brooklyn, in the shadows of a megatropolis, and raised in the Bronx underneath a sprawling oak, I was fortunate enough to spend my childhood summers exploring a 700 acre farm in Vermont, knee-deep in mud and cow paddies, experiencing visceral reactions to animal skulls curing in pastured woodlands and bald eagles perched high atop standing deadwood.
Such wonderment had an unforeseen and lasting impression
upon my development and art. Countless hours at school were spent daydreaming, doodling and scribbling on desks and notebooks with drawings spilling over margins of looseleaf paper and onto class lessons. "Ian." A teacher would call upon me and I'd realize I was oblivious to anything said in the past half hour, hour, longer? Art became an escape from the mundane routine of daily life and a countdown of remaining school years was begun at a young age.
I was accepted into LaGuardia Highschool for Performing Arts,
and soon thereafter received a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford in 2006. Having anticipated some obscure notion of freedom upon completion of school, I sternly doubted the ethics
of wage slavery and in doing so, stumbled upon a book by Derrick Jensen, "Endgame: The Problem of Civilization". Deeply moved
by his writing, years of independent research ensued, studying economy, ecology, and society.
Certified as a Permaculture designer, and a Master Composter, I view nature as canvas, species as media and I am currently striving to transform human habitat and consciousness using an organic, illustrative style informed by ecology.