From Wheels and Waves 2016 Biarritz

Punk's Peak Spring Race - Jaizkibel Spain 

Punk's Peak Spring Race - Jaizkibel Spain 

Over the last few years I have been lucky enough to be included into a fantastic show with some remarkably talented and enthusiastic people. The assortment includes motorcycle builders, photographers, clothing designers, surfers, racers, and genuinely passionate people. Click the above link in the title to catch a glimpse of what happened this last year in Biarritz! Film by Nick Clements.

The Wheels & Waves show is fuelled by a mixture of pure
enthusiasm for bikes and the belief that there is a universal
understanding amongst our fellow travellers – no matter where
they come from or where they are going. This year, between Biarritz
and Donostia, art and action melded into a single experience
and old friends were met and new friends made. For us here at W&W
to ride over a high mountain pass or drop-in on a neat glassy face
on a still summer evening are both moments that feed the soul in equal
measures
. These rare situations cannot be scheduled into a few days in June
but we try our best to make an environment in which magical things
happen. The W&W show is developing into a bridge that connects
the multi-faceted world of the motorcycle with skate and surf culture
through philosophy, music and style. In short W&W 2016 was a visual
forum for disparate international groups with a shared dedication to
acquired skills, speed and elegance in all things. 

L’exigence est le carburant de Wheels and Waves, l’universalité
son moteur, l’enthousiasme sa véritable et seule dérive.
Cette année encore, entre Biarritz et Donostia, le ciment des
rencontres plurielles s’est ajouté aux « rides » d’horizons divers.
Ride : extase qui anime les âmes lorsqu’elles glissent au
guidon, sur une rampe ou sur la vague. Passerelle tendue entre
univers moto, surf et skate, le Wheels and Waves prolonge
l’état d’esprit authentique d’une troupe éclairée qui s’est mise
à réaliser ses rêves. Au début de l’été, dans un bazar unique
et poétique ouvert à tous, elle convoque le risque du côté de
Biarritz. Le risque de prescrire le mouvement : celui des sens,
des arts et du beau, des découvertes déroutantes et fécondes,
des expressions bruyantes, surprenantes, voire dérangeantes.
Oui, dérangeantes quand il s’agit de se frotter à l’universalité
d’un monde qui refuse les commodités de l’uniformité*. Là est
l’ADN du Wheels and Waves : un événement attendu, par essence
inattendu.

Freehand The Artist 004

I had the pleasure to work with a fantastic company right in my own backyard of Utah.  Click the above title to see the video! Born and bred in the land of the free, SilencerCo started life when two men in a garage machined, welded, and shaped their dreams into reality. They had one core belief: Guns don’t have to be loud. Now in its sixth year of existence, SilencerCo makes more silencers than anyone else in the market. Yet our secret is simple – we care. We care about each silencer leaving our facility. We care about the shooters and their hearing. We care about our employees, and we care about our role in the American economy. We’re shooters, too – and we know how hard it can be to find durable equipment that performs. Our silencers have been shot, stripped, torqued, and blasted – and we constantly search for ways to make them quieter, more durable, lighter, and shorter. We set the bar high for quality and innovation – because in the end, that’s all that matters. We created the first non-round pistol silencer with the Osprey, we created the quietest and easiest cleaning rimfire silencer with the Sparrow, and now manufacture the only commercially-viable, fully-modular shotgun silencer in existence with the Salvo. Im tickled I have worked with and known these guys for the last few years. You have to admire the enthusiasm they have for their work. The quality will always rise to the top!

I had the pleasure to work with a fantastic company right in my own backyard of Utah. 

Click the above title to see the video!

Born and bred in the land of the free, SilencerCo started life when two men in a garage machined, welded, and shaped their dreams into reality.
They had one core belief: Guns don’t have to be loud.

Now in its sixth year of existence, SilencerCo makes more silencers than anyone else in the market. Yet our secret is simple – we care.
We care about each silencer leaving our facility. We care about the shooters and their hearing. We care about our employees, and we care about our role in the American economy.

We’re shooters, too – and we know how hard it can be to find durable equipment that performs. Our silencers have been shot, stripped, torqued, and blasted – and we constantly search for ways to make them quieter, more durable, lighter, and shorter.

We set the bar high for quality and innovation – because in the end, that’s all that matters. We created the first non-round pistol silencer with the Osprey, we created the quietest and easiest cleaning rimfire silencer with the Sparrow, and now manufacture the only commercially-viable, fully-modular shotgun silencer in existence with the Salvo.

Im tickled I have worked with and known these guys for the last few years. You have to admire the enthusiasm they have for their work. The quality will always rise to the top!

Mountain and Prairie Podcast - Ed Roberson

Nicholas Coleman is an ultra-talented, hard-working artist based out of Provo, Utah, and he paints some of the most interesting and beautiful works I’ve ever seen. His primary subject matter is the American West, with a focus on landscapes, natural history, wildlife, Native American culture, and exploration. I came across Nick’s work on Instagram of all places—in the midst of the app’s thousands of images, noise, and distractions, one of Nick’s images boldly stood out from all the rest. It stood out so much that I wanted more, so I went to his website and was blown away by his work.  The more I learned about Nick, the more impressed I became—he is a multifaceted individual with a fascinating back story.

Nick is not your stereotypical artist. He is a devoted hunter, fisherman, and trapper, and he’s also a voracious reader who probably knows more about western history than many college professors. He has a focused and disciplined approach to his art, working six days a week and never sitting around waiting to “get in the mood” to paint. With his deep love of art and the West, combined with his rock solid work ethic, it’s no surprise that he has been able to build a stellar reputation in the super-competitive and challenging world of professional art.

 

Nicholas in his studio

I could’ve talked to Nick for hours, because so many of his interests overlap with mine. We did manage to dig into the details of his art and artistic process.  We chatted about his international travels to South America, Africa, and New Zealand, as well as his thoughts on how those adventures have influenced his life and work. We discussed his education as an artist, as well as his advice for those aspiring to make art a full-time career.  We also talked a lot about Teddy Roosevelt, which is always fun. See below for the full list of topics covered.

Thanks to Nicholas Coleman for joining me on the podcast. I hope you enjoy!

Yellowstone's 100 Years

"Upper Geyser Basin - Steam and Clouds" 21x36 oil on linen

"Upper Geyser Basin - Steam and Clouds" 21x36 oil on linen

In 1871 the Hayden expedition set out to survey the sources of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, the area that was soon to become the nation's first national park. Thomas Moran joined as artist of the team and depicted many of Yellowstone's geologic features and landscapes. These depictions later proved essential in convincing the United States Congress to establish Yellowstone as a national park. In the same spirit Michael Coleman for almost four decades has sought to capture the heart and feeling of Yellowstone. His love of the outdoors endures in his passionate depictions of this historic place. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt,“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.” Coleman looks to nature to find beauty in this life, his enthusiasm and love of his subject is a standard in American Art. Soft spoken in public his work speaks for him in almost all that he does. His latest piece for the Jackson Hole Art Auction is a special place, “Upper Geyser Basin - Steam and Clouds,” 21x36 oil on linen is his tribute to the Parks 100 years.