I was born and raised in Indiana. Growing up near cornfields and the Indy 500 somehow led me to connect my love of drawing, cars, and fine details with degrees in technical illustration and visual communication from Purdue University. I later moved to Columbus, Ohio to work in an architectural firm, providing graphic design for their marketing and presentation needs. The next stop on my journey took me to Yale University and their graduate program in graphic design.
Graduating from Yale allowed me to seek out many freelance clients in publications, packaging, and corporate identity. I also was able to discover my abilities as a university design instructor. My association with area schools has helped me refine my own sense of design, color, and composition. I teach a variety of courses including typography, junior and senior–level projects, color, and graphic design and illustration history.
I balance my photorealistic painting with my work as an adjunct professor of design. Each informs the other as I bring insights from the classroom back to the studio and vice versa. At the core of both is a desire for challenging work that depends on knowledgeable, thoughtful, and skillful appreciation for the subject at hand.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Associate in Applied Sciences–Industrial Illustration Technology 1979
Bachelor of Arts–Visual Communications 1984
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Master of Fine Arts–Graphic Design 1990
Courses: GD Studio I, ID & Logo