I first started my art journey after graduating from the U of O with a journalism degree. My favorite class was magazine design. While living in southern California I entered into the graphic & packaging design program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
I was a certifiable art nerd. I spent days making balsa wood & plaster models of the fibonacci theory, evenings pondering which typeface is better designed: Helvetica or Futura, & walked out of the house numerous times with mismatched socks, paint smudged on my face & car loaded with mannequins, props, & cardboard flopping out of the trunk.
My first design job was with Disney Consumer Products and was arguably my favorite assignment. I created posters, & collateral including tee shirt, backpack & badge designs for several movies.
In 2002 we moved to Portland and I took a job at Nike. My favorite assignment was directing seasonal photoshoots. I met others in the art community and I enjoyed spending time staging photoshoots. I also designed retail spaces, packaging graphics and branding systems.
As I adapt, I aspire to use a variety of art media in my projects. I like to experiment with materials & love the process of creating messy work; a habit I attribute to being an art nerd.