PHOTOS: Julianne Brasher, Max Houtzager

VIDEO: John Reynolds

LOCATION: Santa Cruz, California

Jeremiah Kille was made to create. Many of us are. But his proclivity for painting and board shaping has shaped his whole life.

As an artist in the vibrant and interconnected surf and cycle scene of Santa Cruz, Kille knows that nothing exists in isolation. The same flow that colors his painting style shows up in the way he shapes his boards. You can see it in the lines he carves in swells and sandy hillsides alike. No matter the medium, his style is unmistakeable.

From anodized titanium to lovingly rounded wood, every surface he touches is marked with his unique thumbprint, which is made of everything that’s left its prints on him. Single track between redwoods and the creativity of his children, glassy point breaks and fog burning away at sunrise. Art does not exist in isolation. It synthesizes and recreates—it shows us the unique ideas of someone who sees the same things we do but sees them differently.

Many of Kille’s canvases are form and function incarnate. Some he builds himself. Others are the product of his friend and cycling teammate, John Caletti. The bikes and boards he paints bring his art full-circle. The same rides that inspire his art get covered in it, and much of it is inexorably intertwined—he shapes boards with the end design in mind, and is solely responsible for taking them from raw wood to rideable artwork.

There is no art finer than that which enables its consumers to feel as inspired as its makers. Everything Jeremiah makes emanates the energy of a maker, a rider, and a father. It tells a story and invites its users to write their own endings.