I’m a largely self-taught visual designer with 8+ years of professional design experience. It all began with cracking PhotoShop at age 12. I have a deep passion for interior design and product styling, art, branding, image curation and a thirst to constantly learn and thrive in my craft and expand into other fields.
I strongly believe complacency is where souls and creativity go to die. I strive to do fulfilling and meaningful work. I’ve had the pleasure of working with small local business owners, philanthropic organizations and startups to some of the most influential tech companies in the Fortune 500.
My favorite artists and designers include Serge Mouille for his timeless and exquisite lamp designs and Vincent Van Duysen for his strong minimalist architectural design and neutral but texture-rich interior design. See my work here.
My parents purchased our first computer in 2001. I was 10 years old. Around the same time, my dad transitioned from film photography to digital cameras. A lot of the cameras came bundled with image editing software. It didn’t take me long to figure out that these programs were incredibility limiting and basic. Digging around the internet, I eventually learned about PhotoShop being the industry standard and the rest was history.
I currently reside in Grand Rapids, MI, USA amongst a beautiful forest and in wild company with free roaming deer, rabbits, turkey and countless other wildlife with my partner and two Pomeranians, Dolce and Epyon.
When I was about 4 years old, our TV only had about 4 channels. One of them aired Pappyland, a sort of children’s version of Bob Ross. Pappy Drew-It, the main character (and a renowned cartoonist in the real world), would teach viewers how to draw animals and people beginning with very basic shapes that even the most drawing illiterate could mimic. From therein I was enamored, favoring it over other shows like Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street. Fast forward to my first foray into digital art.
Over the next few years, I involved myself in several online forums, typically offshoots from shared interests for various videogames, but they usually had some creative sub-section for art and tagging (no, not the spray-paint kind, the forum banner/signature kind). After a time, I built a thick skin after putting up my work for complete strangers over the internet to critique. I grew more at this stage then probably all my years in college. I’ve been exploring my creativity since.
My other interests include DIYing and remodeling the design of our current home, vintage thrifting for unique home décor pieces, traveling and exploring all kinds of food. I have a great fondness for minimalist Scandinavian interiors, an addiction to acquiring unique plants and a love for discovering new places.