I love the art of storytelling. I believe every person, place, or thing has a story to tell if you’re willing to look carefully and listen closely.
I consider myself a storyteller who utilizes any type of media to bring an idea to life, no matter how small or big.
This web site is a collection of the stories I’ve told through my art, photography, writing and design.
Meet Kelley Whatley. Not only is she half of the husband/wife super chef duo at PieLab, she is also a mother of 5 (one is a 14 week old newborn) and teaches culinary arts at a local community college. I had the privilege to photograph her making a delicious Strawberry-Rhubarb pie! The pie was as yummy as it looks!
During the Project M Reunion this past weekend in Greensboro, Alabama, I had the opportunity to shoot some product and lifestyle shots for Pie Lab. I had the great fortune to be in Greensboro in 2010 when the idea was born to build a permanent Pie Lab on Main Street in Greensboro. The last time I saw Pie Lab, it was just an abandoned building with a caved-in roof. Now it is a bustling, inspiring community establishment that also happens to serve delicious pie.
“PieLab is a pie shop meant to gather communities together. It’s founded on the idea that simple things, like delicious pie and good conversation, can bring us together and spread joy. Pie+Conversation = Ideas. Ideas+Design =Positive Change.”
A deep and defining part of our existence as humans is not just the innate desire to live but to live in consistent well-being – emotionally, physically, and mentally. We are designed with a framework where mind and body work in a concerted effort in order to maintain and regulate our lives automatically. I believe the design and biology of humans should serve as a blueprint for how we live and interact with each other and our environments. As an artist, I believe that if we incorporate this philosophy into our creative process then we allow ourselves a greater opportunity to create an authentic connection with our intended audience. Armed with a deep desire to understand humanity, my goal is to create work that fosters positive change and has significant impact in the world.
Moving Portraits is the documentation and cataloguing of human existence through an on-going series of short video portraits. The intention of each video is to create an honest portrait of the individual through emotional expression. While the emotion may be universal, – i.e., happiness, loneliness, or heartache – the method in which the emotion is invoked is deeply personal to each individual.
It’s chili time! The coolest kids on the block in Orlando, FL decided to put their chili expertise to the test. They entered the Orlando Chili Cook-off and showed the city who’s boss by winning “Best Vegetarian Chili!” Looking cool while cooking certainly doesn’t hurt your chances with the judges, right?
role: illustration & graphic design
Two friends were getting married within months of each other so they decided to combine their bachelorette parties into one big adventure in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon.
role: graphic design
(It takes awhile to compile one’s life stories, so check back often for new stories!)
Born and raised in sunny Florida
2002-2009 Multimedia Production Analyst Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida
2005 BA in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida
2006 Project M
2011 MFA in Studio Art and The Computer from the University of Central Florida
2011 Moved to Portland, Oregon
2013 Adjunct Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
- J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Eating nothing but local fresh fruits, veggies, and fish for 8 days is invigorating for the body. We woke up at dawn and went to sleep at dusk. Took 3 outdoor showers a day to just keep cool and the humidity at bay. Who needs NatGeo TV when you can watch geckos and giant frogs slurp up bugs on your back porch? Howler monkeys were our alarm clock and nightly entertainment. Thousands of marching ants engulfing the house gave us an excuse to play in the jungle while we waited for them to go on their merry way. We saw sea turtles laying eggs and baby turtles hatching and sprinting for the ocean. We crossed the wrong river to trek to a water fall infested with tiny leaches. We swam and surfed in 90 degree water, dodging swimming sea turtles along the way. We watched gorgeous sunsets from mountain tops and laughed with the locals.
Life lesson: Eat fresh, never stop exploring, and when someone points out that you have leaches all over your hair and body, shake vigorously like a dog and explore some more.
When we incorporate our knowledge of human physiology into our creative process then we allow ourselves a greater opportunity to create an authentic connection with our intended audience.
- Jillian Perez Dudziak
In order to teach students, you must first teach them how to see the world.
- Natacha Poggio
Natacha Poggio said it best: “In order to teach students, you must first teach them how to see the world.”
I believe the current generation of students are hungry for real-world experience on projects that are socially relevant to them. I strive to provide students a comprehensive learning environment that will prepare them for success in an increasingly global and interdisciplinary society.
I currently teach at Mt. Hood Community College in the Integrated Media Program.
Coming soon: Recent student work!
As human beings we are designed and created in a fabric that is profound and complex. We are built with a framework where mind and body work in a concerted effort to maintain our lives automatically. A deep and defining part of our existence as humans is not just the innate desire to live but to live in consistent well-being—emotionally, physically, and mentally. I believe when we incorporate our knowledge of human physiology into our creative process then we allow ourselves a greater opportunity to create an authentic connection with our intended audience. My work has been rooted in the study of these philosophical and scientific principles. I create a series of visual experimentations that aim to assist in my understanding of human beings at an emotional and biological level. Armed with a deep desire to understand humanity, my goal is to create work that fosters positive change and has significant impact in the world. My past and present research has been focused on human emotions, the intuitive creative process and the relationship between technology and establishing social identity.
Hannah Arendt states: “To be alive means to live in a world that precedes one’s own arrival and will survive one’s own departure”. This fundamental truth is my motivation to create art that becomes a testament of human existence during my lifetime. Artists, past and present, have served as visual historians. Their works are invaluable in our understanding of the state of humanity during their time on earth—from Massacio, Michelangelo, and Velázquez to Monet, Van Gogh, and Cézanne to Matisse, Picasso, and Duchamp. History has been largely documented by literature and static visual imagery until technological advances introduced the motion picture in the late 19th century. I wish to combine innovative thinking and current technology to continue the tradition of documenting human existence. I find it fascinating that we are no two alike. I would like to create Moving Portraits of thousands of people in my lifetime with the intention of illustrating the inherently beautiful architecture of human beings.
Ayn Rand believes that art fulfills a man’s profound need to confirm “his view of existence—a confirmation, not in the sense of resolving cognitive doubts, but in the sense of permitting him to contemplate his abstractions outside his own mind, in the form of existential concretes”. I believe my art work is valuable because it validates the existence of every person in my portraits and provides them a form of immortality. I create art with the intention that future generations will use my work to gain a better understanding of humanity. I believe that we, as artists, should recognize our role throughout history and move forward knowing that what we leave behind for future generations is all that they have to learn from. Furthermore, I believe that artists play a vital role in the evolution of humanity because “art is inextricably tied to man’s survival—not to his physical survival, but to that on which his physical survival depends: to the preservation and survival of his consciousness”.
The Life of the Mind – Hannah Arendt
An Introduction to Metaphysics – Henri Bergson
Looking for Spinoza: joy, sorrow and the feeling brain. – Antonio Damasio
The Art of Thought – Graham Wallas
Blink – Malcom Gladwell
Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step – Edward De Bono
“[Art] concretizes man’s fundamental view of himself and of existence. It tells man, in effect, which aspects of his experience are to be regarded as essential, significant, important.”
- Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto
Whether you’re into falconry, archery, knife throwing, or just enjoy watching a good old fashioned jousting tournament at the local faire (in the appropriate attire), Ledgewood Leather can craft whatever your heart desires! They are a small leather crafting studio based in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
Web site: Ledgewood Leather
role: wordpress installation and configuration | photography | design
“The Oysterville Baptist church was built in 1892. The church was considered “state-of-the-art” and included a three-foot-deep, zinc-lined baptismal font under the dais. For the dedication service, the women and children of the congregation filled the font with water from a pump in the yard across the street. At the conclusion of the service it was discovered that no drain had been provided; the water had to be removed in like manner by bucket brigade. Thereafter, baptisms continued to take place at the bay.”
“We must be having too much fun together because time with you passes way too quickly. It doesn’t feel like 16 years, but again it seems like I’ve known you much longer. You are why I rise and feel like I have a purpose. I seriously couldn’t function without you and I love you with all my heart for everything you are and do.”
“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here.”
- Haystack Rock (The Goonies Rock), Cannon Beach, Oregon