I’ve always been an artist…
It was just always in me.
The urge to communicate visually was present from an early age, and I was lucky to have a family that supported my love of the arts. My childhood summer nights were spent drawing until the early hours of the morning.
I spent the majority of my time in high school learning design and Computer Aided Drafting; a pursuit that eventually led me to begin designing and building my own custom furniture in the woodshop.
At the end of my high school years, I moved to Joplin, Missouri, where I studied drawing on a fine art scholarship. It was during this time that I accepted my first professional job as a Website Technologist, and eventually went on to work as a Software Technician.
A short time later, I re–located to Springfield, Missouri – where I changed my degree emphasis to graphic design and had the privilege of studying under some of the most talented typography and design instructors the industry has to offer. I spent the entirety of this time working first as a Web Technologist, then as a Graphic Designer and Photographer for the University’s Publications Department.
After college, I began working in a rapidly expanding e–commerce department, which had outgrown its ability to meet its own demand for product images and graphic design resources.
Within my first year, I successfully lobbied for the space, budget and resources to create an in–house photography studio capable of meeting their needs.
Over the course of about two years, I have successfully managed to bring an entire creative department to life that had never existed before.
I now direct all functions of the department and supervise one to two employees, in addition to creating graphics and providing strategic creative insight.