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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 and make things. From my dad, an auto-worker with a penchant for hotrods, I learned to fix things. As a child, I was equally at home winding my way through an art museum or hiding out in a hay loft. I designed clothes, wrote and illustrated stories, constructed my own models with a cutting touch and a soldering iron, caught fish, rode horses, canned vegetables with a gaggle of little old Italian ladies, and shelled endless piles of peas. I also spent countless hours studying 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, since then. Like you do.
In the mid-90′s (i.e., the olden days, in web years) 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 fair trade social enterprise called GIVEGIVE, teaching in the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, drawing, and doing a little printmaking when I have time.
In addition to my professional skills in design and fine arts, I can run a Vandercook press, read a map, build a snow cave, fix my bike, and make a fantastic red sauce. These skills have served me well in life, but I am always acquiring new ones. My life continues to be a joyful, unscripted adventure, where I get to play with images and use my technical know-how, every day. The best part is that I have no idea where it will take me next, and that’s exciting.
If you’re interested in talking about an opportunity with a start-up or have a big idea you want to kick around, I’d love to hear from you.
How I see things:
I am not what I am. I am what I do with my hands.
- Louise Bourgeois
A ship in port is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for.
- Grace Murray Hopper
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