Nate grew up in Pullman, Washington where he also attended Washington State University and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking. He moved to Bozeman in 2009 to live in the last intact ecosystem in the Lower 48. It is the vast abundance of flora and fauna, and the opportunity to view them, that drew Nate to the Yellowstone area. Having traveled to all 50 states, it is Southwest Montana that inspired him more than any other part of the country. He currently splits his time between creating art for bands, his own projects, and working at a screen printing shop.
Art has been a part of my life since I can remember. I’ve always loved to draw, and spent my youth and young adulthood doing it purely for fun. After starting college it dawned on me that I could potentially pursue an art career and I started working towards the goal of developing my own style and niche.
Going to concerts has always been a passion of mine. It was from attending shows that I discovered the concert poster world. I was immediately drawn to the limitless possibilities this world offered. After learning that the majority of concert posters were created using the screen printing process, I was
For more than a decade now I’ve been honing that craft. I do all of my illustration by hand. There is no ‘back’ button, there is no erasing. I don’t see my pieces in color until it’s time to print them, but I have the vision in my mind from the start.
Now I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to explore my own ideas as opposed to being restricted by the various visions of the bands. I’ve started down the long road of creating art that explores my love of all of the patterns, details, colors and amazing sights that Montana’s nature provides. I’m on a mission to portray, in my own style, as much of the wildlife in our area as possible.
To me, art can be and is as simple as creating something aesthetically pleasing. I strive to create pieces that may have familiar subject matter, but are created in a way that the viewer has never seen. My hope is that viewing my pieces will either confirm or perhaps stir a new passion for the outdoors and wildlife we are lucky enough to have in our own backyard.