Hi there, y’all.
I grew up in the Midwest, where I learned that being creative was just who you were, and how you lived. From my mom, an art teacher, I learned to draw and paint. From my dad, an auto-worker with a penchant for hotrods, I learned to make and fix things. I grew up in the 70s and had a lot of freedom to do my own thing, so I wrote and illustrated stories, learned to sew, rode my bike everywhere, caught fish, rode horses, canned vegetables with a gaggle of little old Italian ladies, and shelled endless piles of peas from our garden. I also spent countless hours pouring over maps and dreaming of far away places like Nepal, Denmark, and Argentina.
I studied Drawing and Painting at The Ohio State University. Saying the “THE” is important. I earned a bachelor of fine arts from OSU and have taken classes at Harvard in Museum Studies.
In the mid-90’s (i.e., “the golden age” – heh) I taught myself graphic design and HTML, and moved to Boston during the dot com boom. It’s been a wild ride and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some brilliant and wonderful people. I’ve taken all kinds of trips and made friends, both on and offline, in interesting places. I value those friendships more than anything. I believe in serendipity, but maybe it’s the close-knit nature of the start-up community here that has afforded me my opportunities. Either way, I’m grateful.
Currently, I’m running a social enterprise called MULXIPLY, teaching in the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, drawing, and doing a little printmaking when I have time. I currently live in Somerville, Massachusetts.
How I see things:
“I am not what I am. I am what I do with my hands.”
– Louise Bourgeois
“I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record…”
– The Violent Femmes
“All paintings should make you happy. That’s what painting’s all about.”
– Bob Ross
“A ship in port is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for.”
– Grace Murray Hopper