I’m Xan, an artist and performer with a tea obsession currently living in the Northwest. I spend most of my free time creating art of all kinds, exploring, reading, and searching for new stories to share when I’m not immersed in films or a D&D campaign. When I’m not writing about the undead or debating the merits of oozes as a maid service, I enjoy hiking in the woods, along rivers and the beach, rock and fossil hunting, gardening, and attending various Renaissance Faires and SCA events as a guest and performer. I have been drawing and painting since 2004, and since 2015 I have been learning new forms of art, specifically watercolor, Zen brush work, and Natural History Illustration.
As an artist I want to share my appreciation for the ordinary and impermanent moments and things that surround us every day. I use a combination of media including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite, wood, and ink to create abstract and representational art that explore the natural world and the cycle of life and death. Many of my works focus on creating a sense of wonder in simplicity or a more compassionate and understanding relationship with the process of death and decomposition through wabi-sabi. I hope to give people a contemplative place to learn and grow in ways that make the world seem larger and more full and beautiful in it’s complexity and diversity, or even just bring a smile to your face.
You can find my regular updates on Instagram, and I occasionally use Twitter or stream on Twitch. You can also head over to YouTube to see time-lapses. [NOTE: I am currently on an indefinite hiatus from streaming. I will update the times when I resume. Subscribe if you want to be alerted as soon as new videos or streams are uploaded!]