A new painting of mine is hanging at J7 Surf Shop 24 E Mason St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The painting depicts a massive west swell swinging through Rincon Cove, crowd and all. If you’re around the area check it out as well as handcrafted surfboards by Jason Feist that are guaranteed to take your wave shredding to the next level.
I spent a majority of 2014 working and studying in Japan. I would spend my free time exploring the futuristic city lights of Tokyo and the peaceful wind-swept countryside in search of inspiration and a new view on art and life. I have always been interested in Eastern art, particularly traditional Japanese techniques. Japanese artwork is filled with rich tradition and unique techniques– from Sumi-e (ink paintings), to Ukiyo-e (wood block prints), and Ikebana (flower arranging). Many Japanese traditional art techniques require patience and years of practice. Being immersed in this culture opened my mind to a new aesthetic that brought me inspiration. The combination of Eastern and Western philosophy more often than not seem to counter each other. Having a western art upbringing, I hope to find a balance between the two. For me this sometimes felt like trying to swim up a waterfall, whether it was my daily routine, or reflecting on my work, asking myself why I’m drawn to certain colors and compositions. Sometimes the least embellished things can bring the greatest emotion, and the small leaf floating down a drainage ditch can convey a genuine sense of beauty that is certainly around all of us everyday in all shapes and form.
I thank all the wonderful people I met throughout my stay in Japan whose kindness helped me adapt to a new style of life.
I hope you enjoy my collection of paintings.
Here I am enjoying a nice afternoon birdwatching with friends.
The Flying Oarfish (39.5X70″) 2013
This painting has been through a lot. It was started in March 2013 during my final quarter at UCSC, it then moved with me back to Goleta, was trampled by my boxer Popeye, and has finally been completed. I really enjoyed working on such a large scale and taking extra time and care into study for this composition.
Here I’m finishing up some final details.
My room has ultimately become my studio. My once beige carpet has become marbled with oil paint and ink. Canvas sprawled about has created non negotiable paths like what I imagine the inside of an ant colony to be. Life is good.
Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Family & Friends Art Show
Hello all, I currently have three paintings hanging in the annual Santa Barbara Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Family & Friends Art Show. This year the works exhibited range from abstract paintings to solar plate etchings. All the artwork being shown is for sale with 25% of the proceeds going to the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, a non-profit organization. Here’s a peak into the Schildhauer work being shown. Big thanks to my mom for informing and managing my brother and my artwork for the show. Love ya mom!
The piece below was painted by my brother Sam. He was really able to catch the bright sun rays reflecting off the ocean up by Point Conception.