When aiming to recreate real-life objects and places or building from famous stories, I find myself limited by preexisting forms, colors, and substances. It’s a fun set of constraints to operate under, a puzzle to solve; but in some ways, building from reality can’t hold a candle to building within the realm of the imaginary.

Exploring fantasy is my prototypical passion as a brick artist. I find it easier to slip into a state of flow when I don’t need to keep referring to reference images while I build, and little feels as creatively satisfying as manifesting something straight out of my imagination in three dimensions.

When building from scratch—without a definite destination—I can allow the bricks’ geometry and relationships to influence the final forms I create. I feel like I’m in conversation with my inventory, more a conduit for creation than its end-all-be-all source.

Fantastic creatures have fascinated me since I was a kid. They’re one of my favorite things to design; follow the images to see some of the legendary beasts I’ve wrought in bricks.