I'm an Illinois-born artist with a fine arts background and a BFA in Digital Art.
I started drawing early in life, as far back as I can remember. Eventually I took up painting in high school electives. Afterwards I enrolled in classes at College of DuPage to experiment with materials and concepts, including photography, jewelry making, painting, creative writing, astronomy and world religions. I attended Shimer College for a semester, where I learned to think like a bleeding heart activist while practicing the Socratic method. In my twenties I took up life modeling and learned to draw the human form by attending the classes when I wasn't modeling. I acquired my BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Digital Art, with a minor in Psychology. While in school I interned with Illiterate (now Gildar Gallery) and Gallery Sink (Mark Sink). For a year I ran the organization NERDA: New Endeavors Regarding Digital Art, where we produced digital art exhibitions around Denver to increase the general public's exposure to the work of emerging digital artists. I've worked in art galleries, built props in event design, was a high school art teacher and worked in art retail management.
I'm currently working on the Illuminated Tweets of Elon Musk coloring book.
I live in Westmont just outside of Chicago, IL.
I was the First Place muralist for my work Seasons of Art in the 2007 Collegian Mural Contest, sponsored by Alexan CityCenter and covered by The Denver Post. I was one of three finalists in Colorado to paint a 30 ft x 10 ft mural for the City of Englewood. I also felt like the person who opens the front door as the Publisher's Clearing House people show up and give you that ridiculous giant check.
I received MSU's Nagel Art Thesis Award in 2010 for my thesis Global Proposal For A New Emoticon, a multimedia performance installation at the Center for Visual Art in Denver. I was the first student in the history of MSU to use performance art as a thesis project., which for 2010 was just unacceptable. Should've been done long ago. Sorry it had to be me.
Special thanks to Denver photographer John David Davenport