Vincennes University / Ball State University
With aspirations of turning my childhood love of art into a career, I enrolled Vincennes University, specializing in Commercial Art and Design. This was the transition period between the “paste up” approach to graphic design (manually cutting and pasting artwork) and “desktop publishing”, the now standard computerized page design. The high level of craftsmanship involved in the traditional “paste up” approach improved my attention to detail as I transitioned into desktop publishing. I also received valuable training in drawing, pen & ink, airbrush technique and AutoCAD from the experienced and competent faculty.
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 exploration of shape, composition, color and other artistic fundamentals.
Creative Dimension Group
At Creative Dimension Group, a contractor for the U.S. Army, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky, I 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.
In the late 90s 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.