With aspirations of turning my childhood love of art into a career, I enrolled Vincennes University, taking courses in Commercial Art and Design. These were the waning days of “cut and paste” graphic design and much of the curriculum reflected these soon-to-be archaic methods. I spent a lot of time hunched over a light table, X-Acto knife in hand, wrestling a stubborn, transparent material called Red Rubylith. It was a fascinating process, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship, but it had limited value in a field rapidly becoming known as “desktop publishing”. I did however gain valuable training in drawing, pen & ink, airbrush technique and AutoCAD from the experienced and competent faculty.
Ball State University
Upon completing my Associate Degree, I quickly transferred to Ball State University and entered the College of Fine Arts, specializing in Visual Communication (Graphic Design). I began working on Macintosh computers to create artwork in Photoshop, Illustrator and other software programs I still use today.
Being immersed in a Fine Arts Program was a defining experience. Classes in ceramics, painting, metals and lithography helped broaden my talents as a designer through constant use of shape, balance, color and other artistic fundamentals.
I was first employed with Creative Dimension Group, a contractor for the U.S. Army, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky. We created support materials for the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). These materials included everything from simple, three-fold brochures to graphics for tank and helicopter simulators. Working directly with the men and women of the Recruiting Battalion, I learned firsthand how good design had a positive impact on their mission.
An opportunity at the Consumer Products Division at At-A-Glance (now Trends International) brought me to Indianapolis . A leading publisher of calendars, posters and stationery, their licensed product list is diverse and impressive; Sport Illustrated, Disney, Lucasfilm, Professional Sports Leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), Nickelodeon, Harley-Davidson and many others.
During this time the Internet was shaking things up in a big way, with companies large and small scrambling to establish an online presence. Web design firms popped up across the country to service this new market. I began learning HTML and was soon building my own websites. Shortly thereafter, I was hired as a web designer by a top Midwest web design firm.
In addition to my full time employment, I assisted a number of freelance clients, most notably CAS-Designs/Smile!, a premier marketing company in the Orthodontics Industry. The relationship proved so successful that in 2005 I joined their team, serving as principal web and multimedia designer.
Today I work full time as a freelance artist with clients in Healthcare, Real Estate, Environmental Consulting, Education, Performing Arts and many other industries. My work ranges from logo and print design to web development, SEO and social media consulting.
In addition to my design work, I’m a professional actor and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild) and Actors’ Equity Association. I’m also writer/creator of VC: The Web Series, a comedy web series originally appearing on LAFF Network, now available on Amazon Prime.