Creativity is a labor of love. I create otherworldly fictions, games, & artifacts.
As a kid, drawing, reading, and writing were my entertainment. Growing up in a small town on the outskirts of Phoenix gave me this sense of progression, but at the same time it was a constant reminder of how much there was to see in the world.
I always knew I'd have to grow up. But I refuse to grow up all the way.
I’m still learning to share my process and my story these days. It's an ongoing effort. Here’s a rundown of my areas of creative focus.
Illustration – I work in a few styles – hand drawn, vectorized, and a hybrid of the two. My sensibilities are geometric and I’m always aiming for classic rather than trendy.
Design – Primarily, I focus on game design, publication design, and identity design. Design in general is my dayjob, so I stay well-read, attend lots of local events, and stay involved with our local AIGA chapter.
Fiction – I've been passionate about writing for a long time. I lean towards writing poetry, short stories, and narratives. All of the portfolio projects I create have an element of backstory to them.
Printmaking – I've only just begun to develop this skill. I'm in the early stages of cultivating a body of work in this area. I try to approach every new discipline as an experiment. It takes the pressure to be correct away.
I think to a large degree, attitude determines opportunity.
I didn’t attend the best design college or come from a place of privilege. But I do have a customer service background. I worked a lot of other jobs before becoming a designer – pest control tech, house cleaning guy, customer service representative at a call center. I use that part of my background to keep my perspective in check.
One of my mentors once told me: “The customer is not always right, but they always come first.” That’s the way I treat my clients and customers. Always. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from some really great people over the years:
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
W.L. Gore & Associates
To me, the word imagination is a verb. Like the word love.
I’m inspired by the world around us. Summer monsoon storms, insects doing their thing, a hummingbird sitting on a tree. It’s one thing to be in a creative profession and another to use a very personal sense of imagination to inform all we do.
But we can do it. We’re human after all.