Bryn's work

" Nature is the entire foundation of my art "
" I am an entirely self-taught mountain artist of whimsical and playful illustrations "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

A few friends and I were canyoneering outside of Flagstaff, Arizona when it began to rain. Two of the friends had done the trip before, and the rest of us were along for the ride! About half way through the canyon, it began to rain. And when it rains in …

A few friends and I were canyoneering outside of Flagstaff, Arizona when it began to rain. Two of the friends had done the trip before, and the rest of us were along for the ride! About half way through the canyon, it began to rain. And when it rains in Arizona, its usually pouring. After an hour of pelting rain, we realized we were going to encounter a flash flood while still in the box canyon. We were wildly unprepared for both rain, and for the climb out of the canyon we were about to do. We had no choice but to start climbing up to get out of the riverbed. This threw us off the main trail, and in to the wilderness of the high desert. Because two of the friends were trail veterans, we did not have a map of the area. With no water, and a few rattlesnake encounters later, we continuing ascending up this crumbly limestone wall until we hit a plateau. Then we walked till dark trying to link back to the trail that would eventually take us back to the car. We never found it, and only had one headlamp between the five of us. So we slept outside, huddling for warmth, and waiting for sunrise. Long story short we found our way back to the car, and came out of this crazy adventure wet and cold, but unharmed.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

Nature is the entire foundation of my art! If I’m not already painting outside, I tend take photos of plants, patterns in the water, or anything that I may translate into a later piece.

Nature is the entire foundation of my art! If I’m not already painting outside, I tend take photos of plants, patterns in the water, or anything that I may translate into a later piece.

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

My friends are a special motivation to me. I love seeing photos and hearing stories of trips, trails, and accomplishments they’ve achieved in the outdoors. There’s nothing better!

My friends are a special motivation to me. I love seeing photos and hearing stories of trips, trails, and accomplishments they’ve achieved in the outdoors. There’s nothing better!

What music accompanies you outdoors?

The birds and the bees.

The birds and the bees.

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry?

Bagels and cream cheese. I’m mainly in it for the cream cheese.

Bagels and cream cheese. I’m mainly in it for the cream cheese.

What is your most prized piece of gear?

A micron pen!

A micron pen!

What is your favorite place to get outside?

My backyard: Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness!

My backyard: Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness!

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

Wine or chocolate?
Wine.
Best friend or favorite shoes?
Best Friend hands down!
Chapstick or blister tape?
Chapstick!

Wine or chocolate?

Wine.

Best friend or favorite shoes?

Best Friend hands down!

Chapstick or blister tape?

Chapstick!