ABOUT CALEN
Based out of Bozeman, Montana, I have worked with a variety of mediums, including foam-core fiberglass sculpture, airbrush art, and soft pastel with a focus on oil painting and woodworking. 

I have been developing my craft and creatively evolving for over 15 years. In every piece that I create, I pour all of my energy into it. And that’s why my art speaks volumes for itself.  

I live with schizoaffective disorder, and use my artistic expression as a tool to help harness the creative powers commonly found among individuals with various forms of mental illness. Additionally, I serve as a speaker and ambassador for Bring Change 2 Mind, an organization that is working to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

IN THE ARTIST'S WORDS
Thinking back to the early days after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I see that my goal of attaining perfection is still as far away now as it was then.

I use art as a means to cultivate a healthy perspective, working on my ability to focus or even improve motor control.  I chase the joy I know only by creating, or just thinking at my best.  There is a moment when standing in front of a painting that everything falls together. I become my healthiest me. This is success for me.

I know perfection of any kind is balanced on a razors edge and ultimately "in the eye of the beholder".  So, perfection is making the right choices in real time, whether making lines on a canvas or having the confidence to be who I know I can be.

It's all relative.

I'm comfortable with that now. That's a big change from way back when, when I struggled to attain the most elusive part of myself: My best in my own eyes.  I've let go, and that's the key for me.

Plus: There's always more to the story.