I create otherworldly fictions, games, and artifacts here in the Arizona desert.
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.
All those Stranger Things 80's vibes – I actually lived em'! Nights at the arcade playing Centipede. Seeing ET for the first time. Watching MTV. I'm still holding on to everything that made being a kid awesome.
I always knew I'd have to grow up, but I refuse to grow up all the way.
Here’s a quick summary of my areas of creative focus:
Illustration – I work in various 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 day job, so I read a lot, attend 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 personal projects I create are grounded in storytelling.
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 developing a new skill as an experiment. When I don't worry about being correct, and just focus on learning, there's no pressure!
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. All those different jobs provided me with different lessons and experiences, things which help me keep my perspective in check.
A mentor once told me:
“The customer is not always right, but they always come first.”
Turns out people are complex and so are projects. Being upfront and communicative about expectations and objectives is really important to me. Sometimes the unexpected happens. That's when creative problem solving matters most.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with and learning from some really great people over the years:
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
W.L. Gore & Associates
So far, we're alone in the universe. You and I are something special.
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 work in a creative profession and another to use our personal sense of imagination to create things only we can make.
But we can do it. We’re human. And that's pretty amazing.