- My mother is a professional artist, so even before I was in school, I was learning from her and using the supplies she gave me.
- I took ceramics lessons at Century Center, South Bend. Assorted 4-H and Girl Scout related arts and crafts projects supplement a generally standard "art class" school experience from kindergarten through 7th grade.
- I took my first advanced art class in 8th grade with Ms Lind (now Mrs. King). (Best. Art Teacher. Ever.)
- I had a pretty standard "art class" experience through early high school and began to explore character design, anime/manga style, and costume design on my own time.
- I started an Advertising Design half-day program in my junior and senior year. In it, I explored graphic design, color, tools of the trade, and got my first taste of Photoshop and Illustrator. I went on to place 1st in the state and compete at the national level in the Skills USA competition my senior year, though the program.
- I worked as a Graphic Designer/Assistant manager at Dragon Station Lamination for a summer. (The Edwardsburg location closed while I was away at school.)
- I attended Western Michigan University for 2 years. Classes included sculpture, design, drawing, art history, and several kinds of art theory. I eventually decided to pursue illustration and cartooning instead of graphic design, which wasn't as well supported at WMU. I joined the Deviant Art website and begin posting regularly. ( I would include a link, but I have since closed my account -see bottom area of list-.)
- Wanting more classes and training for my new focus, I transferred to University of Michigan. Classes included, illustration, wood-working, metal-working, fiber arts, video, photography, print-making, digital art, performance art, inter-arts performance, narrative art (several versions), and comic art.
- In 2007, I stared work in the Taubman Media Center (hybrid coffee/snack, supply, and print shop) as a work-study employee. While there I designed and redesigned our white-board sign layout on a monthly basis, created paper signage, and ran our printers and the cash register. I remained there for the rest of my education at the University.
- I began to focus more intently on comic-book art, illustration, and narrative art. Consequently, I took 3 narrative/comic art related classes with Phoebe Gloeckner.
- I created concepts for 2 graphic novels and started an exploratory webcomic series during my time at U of M. (The webcomic is now on hiatus pending several major changes.)
- In 2010, I graduated from the University of Michigan, cum laude, with a BFA. (Then did a very happy dance.)
- Shortly after graduation, I returned to Media Center as a part-time employee, and then progressed to assistant manager over the next few years.
- Following the steady decline of Deviant Art site, I transferred my work to my new, personal portfolio and closed out my DA account.
What do I mean by decline? Well...
The front page had become very NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and I didn't feel comfortable having my artwork on the same site as graphic and often violent porn and rape imagery. Reporting the images as site policy violations got no response, so I simply packed up and left.
- With that mess out of the way, I started a slowly growing freelance business, doing design out of my home.
- Currently: I'm designing, drawing, and living. I have decided to pursue freelance exclusively, so here I am, the better to serve you, the art-loving public! :D
- Looking to the future: Create. Create more. Repeat.