Meet Savlen – artist, adventurer…

For this endlessly creative sixteen-year-old, who’d just sold his first painting to the wife of world-renowned author and artist Rudy de Reyna, a prestigious American art school might have been a dream. You’d think…

For as long as I can remember, I have painted. I have to create, it’s part of me. I was accepted by art schools like the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Monserrat College of Art. But I saw how the art schools’ ‘find a box for you’ approach drained my friends. So, I chose to go my own route - I served my country in military.

“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual” Ernest Hemingway, 1899 – 1961

What was the plan? There was no great plan, except to inhale life, one day at a time, to live spontaneously, to take risks and enjoy adventures. I lived life to the full and, whatever I did, I worked hard. From ditch digger to art director, Victorian restoration painter or sign carver to commercial fisherman, nature was my constant inspiration, and I was always drawn back to fine art.


Savlen, a traditionally trained contemporary fine artist

Today, if I had a business card it might say, ‘fly fishing, wildlife fine artist.’ But that’s just the start.

In truth, I am called by nature in all its forms because nature is the purest truth; from beautiful to brutal, hilarious to heart breaking.

Have you ever experienced how intense the woods’ colors become when you are being chased down the mountain by an angry bull moose? Not had that opportunity…? I can sort of recommend it - and also probably not!

Do you know that the most gentle, playful bear (a lot of fun to sketch!) can turn mean when you say a firm ‘no’ to sharing your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I do.

I like to run barefoot through snow, just to enjoy how it feels. I will climb a mountain in the dark to watch the sun tiptoe over the horizon. I truly embrace this adventure that is life.

Sometimes nature is bleak and lonely; the sound of silence 20 miles from the closest human being can be deafening. But when I am in nature, I can always see the layers of beauty. I never see snow as pure white; can you see the purples, blues and magentas reflected in it too?


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