— Hey there, I’m Jared.

I grew up on five acres, in a farming town, in the west.

First son in a family of 13, I shared a bedroom with five other brothers.

Our upbringing was back-to-basics, non-conformist. Minimal consumption, moderate dose of cult.

Other than endless chores, spartan meals and odd religious practices, how we spent our time was up to us.

Rigid values but ample latitude to pursue interests. Five acres worth. Oh, and books. Shelves, boxes and cubbyholes stuffed with books.

This freedom has trade-offs. Being self-educated, I have an intrinsic love of learning, but weird knowledge gaps (which I enjoy filling).

On the upside I’m endlessly curious.

— I explore

I was born with a pioneering spirit.

I wasn’t just raised on stories of my pioneering ancestors. Hunt, fish, bushcraft, conservation were all part of my upbringing.

My background is equal parts exploration and sacrifice.

If you aren’t prepared to eat your grandmother, bury your child, and change with the landscape you’re probably not pioneer material.

(Ok, these days it’s less about braving the wild and more about managing to look past the screen and out a window.)

At 19 I left home with my backpack and didn’t look back.

A mountain of mistakes, sacrifices, and a few interesting decisions led to my unusual way of life.

I enjoy talking about all of it. Provided there’s a good drink and a campfire.

Really, ask me anything.

(Yes. I still have the backpack.)

— Now?

After six years of white-collar work, as a creative, at Global Mess of a Company I decided downing Redbull at 2AM wasn’t sustainable.

So, I moved to the Pacific Northwest where I…

… continue to pursue what interests me.

… collaborate with artists, local and abroad on a range of projects that interest me.

… explore the wilderness with my two, vivid sons. Raising them to be capable, curious, cultured.

What’s the point?

Every person pays their price.

I want to move free, eat well, sleep deep.

Everything I do let’s me do that.