Hi, I'm Wes. I run The Curious Life as a Wandering Art & Education Studio to Explore and Empower Creativity. This allows me to work independently, or collaboratively from anywhere. Like everyone else, I'm a lot of different things. I'm a son, a husband, a friend, a soul, a supporter, a lover of mountains, rivers, and wild places. I'm a believer in the power of the human imagination. I'm an investigator of the human condition. I'm an artist, an educator, an illustrator, a designer, and a photographer. I'm a poet, a climber of trees, and an advocate for play (for adults and kids). I'm a rememberer. I'm a protector and purveyor of walking trails, shared meals, and community engagement. I believe in others, and using art as a vessel for character development. I'm passionate, and deeply curious about the world around me. I was born and raised in the woods of Northern California, then spent 10 years in San Diego, and now live with my wife and best friend, Emi in Colorado. We live gratefully, and are aware of the threadedness between joy and mourning. We love libraries & swimming pools.
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, California Center for the Arts, Lux Art Institute, the San Diego Foundation, the Museum of Photographic Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, the New Childrens Museum, New School of Architecture, University of California San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Art San Diego, KPBS, Sezio, Yeller Artist Collective, Manor House, Manor House Films, The Parc Foundation NYC, Helmuth Projects, Set & Drift, Mothersponge, Invisible Children, Jedidiah, Made for Good, Rhythm in Twenty, Mike Smith Live, Skate 4 Change, Coffee & Tea Collective, Atlas, Zoe's, Bottle Craft, 32 North, Gantes Co, Clove & Kin, Luke / Mallory, Joel P West, The Tree Ring, Meg & Bryan, Jon Runion Music, A New Normal, All City Design, Home-Ec, Holiday Matinee, Monarch Schools, Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp, San Diego Unified School District, Greeley Evans School District, Make Today Count, Northern Colorado Health Alliance, and many other exceptional organizations, and talented friends.
an installation, a commisioned illustration, a type poster, a tree house, your wedding invites, artwork for your next tattoo, your logo, or an education workshop... I'm all ears.
When I tell people I'm an artist, they often ask me what medium I work with. I tell them I work with ideas. This allows me freedom to find out how, and where a concept, narrative or question, might best be expressed and shared. I've collaborated on projects of all kinds; whatever your creative goal is, I would love to dream with you, and bring that goal into fruition. "High tide raises all ships."
We are all impacted by the creativity of other people, and many of those people don't consider themselves artists. I believe everyone is an artist, capable of creating and sharing great worth with their community, and the larger world. Regardless of a student's future vocation, an experience with art education is deeply necessary. Their artistry will permeate who they are, and the things they put their time into. An artist exists within all of us, and it deserves resources to be seen, heard, and known. A few years back, I worked at a place called Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp, starting as a counselor, and eventually growing into a year-round role as a Program Director. At camp we focused on four main concepts; growing character, growing skills, growing relationships, and growing faith. As a staff, we focused our energy on helping campers grow more fully into their true selves. We encouraged self discovery, taught them tangible skills, connected them with others at a meaningful level, and opened up conversation about mystery, wonder, and the unknown. This resonates with my personal philosophy on Arts & Outdoor Education. I've been given tremendous opportunity in schools, institutions and workshops to creatively empower students, to use art as a vessel to catalyse character development, offer tangible skills, illuminate threadedness to other people, and refine the ability to ask difficult questions. Some of those opportunities include co-running the teen programming for the education department at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, vision casting and implementing innovative workshops at the California Center for the Arts, and being given the great honor of working as the Maui Arts and Cultural Center's first artist in residence. I would love to collaborate on a dynamic and engaging arts program or workshop with you. Lets create something incredible together.