Featured Artist: WildOak
WildOak’s majestic views of nature and serene wildlife graphics are an escape from everyday responsibilities; they give audiences the chance slow down and watch a dusty sunset over the horizon.
WildOak shares that — to him — creativity is “the simple act of creating something new” and he appreciates the “creativity people put into nearly everything.” When it comes to creating his own art, he admits that he draws elements of a design separately and then organizes them “to see what feels right.”
If he is having trouble creating a piece, he usually turns to nature photography or tries to draw something to use in a future piece because “that way I feel like I’m always taking steps forward in the creative process.” He likes to organize his work in a unique way and has one “file full of trees, then another for mountains” and this helps him during the initial stages of a new design.
WildOak is inspired by the 1920s because it was a “fascinating moment in art and history” with artists like the surrealist creator, Salvador Dali, and the travel poster illustrator, Roger Broders. He admires people who can “go out toe explore the world” and then share their findings.
WildOak hopes that his artwork reminds audiences to “keep things simple” and “capture a bit of beauty of outdoor life” in their day-to-day experiences.