My journey began in Eugene, Oregon. The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president, the disco era was winding down, and a gallon of gas cost just 67 cents. Times have definitely changed! I spent much of my childhood growing up in the Midwest, even living in South Dakota for a short time. As I got older, I realized how much I missed the mountains, the ocean, and life in the Northwest. When I was 10 years old, I decided to return to Oregon — at least for a while.
Art has always been a passion of mine. While most kids my age were saving their allowance for the latest video games, I was busy saving up for a dual-action airbrush kit. The next thing I knew, I had a steady business of airbrushing custom Beavis and Butthead t-shirts for my pals! Those were fun times. I continued to explore art throughout high school and began to consider a professional career in design as I neared graduation. It was at this time that my path took me back to the Midwest.
Talent is defined as having special ability or aptitude. I was told from an early age that I had a natural talent for art. I had always thought that this made me special or unique in some way. It wasn’t until my first day of class at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) that I realized I wasn’t the only one with talent. I discovered that there are many, many people who are every bit as gifted as myself. While it was a very humbling experience, it also taught me a valuable lesson: I could no longer rely solely on my talent to get by.
After four years of hard work, countless critiques, and microwave dinners, I graduated from KCAI with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. My chosen area of discipline was graphic design. With my degree in one hand and a fledgling portfolio in the other, I set out to start my career in the world of art and design.
I have been practicing graphic design for over 14 years now. I have also been fortunate to have worked for a variety of clients and organizations during that time. Each experience has taught me something valuable and has shaped who I am today and how I approach visual communication.
While design is one of my greatest passions, it is certainly not the only one. When I’m not spending time with my lovely wife and two totally awesome sons, I’ve been known to brew a mean batch of India Pale Ale in my garage. I also love photography (see portfolio above!) and riding my motorcycle whenever I get a chance. Life is crazy busy and sometimes it can be a little tricky balancing everything, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!