Can you tell us a bit about working with Ian Durkin, Jeremy Koreski and Erin Feinblatt to make ‘BIGFOOT COUNTRY’? How did you align with such a good group of people?
Nobody even knew each other. Erin is older and handy with tools, so it was awesome while he was filming me build the camper in Carpenteria. He would give me some tips and tricks. Jeremy and I met when I was 19, and we have been on about six trips since. He is super creative and motivated, which is always great to be around. Ian is smart with the movies. It was impressive having him direct something without filming it; he is a real idea man. We all did our part in directing it, but Ian had some specific shots he wanted us to get and an overall idea for editing. Despite being all over the map, I think it came together quite well.
What kind of role or influence do trips like this have on your art?
I did a boat trip to the “great bear rainforest” in Northern BC about 3 years ago where I got a ton of inspiration for my art that still continues today. We were a crew of about 10 or so and one of the girls would cook meals for us all. She saw me drawing one evening and noticed some similarities between my art and Inuit Canadian art from the 70’s. I’d never heard of it before. As soon as we got back I did some research and I absolutely fell in love.
During that same trip the captain would tell stories. He was an awesome storyteller… totally cliche captain … He’d tell stories of bigfoot sightings he’d heard about in the area. That spawned a whole series of bigfoot art for me. This trip had a really big impact on me and my art for some reason… to be honest surf trips usually don’t have any influence on my art at all.
Why did you choose to live the life that you do and what has held you back?
I’m not sure exactly… I suppose its because if I ever want anything I usually obsess over getting it. That’s not always a good thing.
Living the way I do is the only way I can think how to. I weigh other options or think about living differently and it just doesn’t excite me as much. I’m pretty darn content with my path but like anyone I definitely have goals and improvements I’m shooting for. Nothing has really held me back…
I guess not having an insane amount of money has held me back in particular departments, but even then wouldn’t change much. I live on a sailboat, so I’d just have a bigger nicer boat I guess?