About

IMG_2854I work as a painter and graphic designer. Presently these two paths are at an intersection. I have painted on and off for 35 years and worked as a full-time graphic designer for over 30 years. As of recent I am focusing a lot of my energy on painting as it gives me great joy to create with oil paint. If you are interested in visiting my painting studio please drop me a line.

Looking to know more about my graphic design work?
I started freelancing in 2002 and have worked with many types of clients. I have also worked from time to time full-time, as those projects were interesting to me and they allowed me to raise a family and keep everyone happy and well fed. I prefer the freedom to do graphic design when there is a lot of work and paint and travel when there is not a lot of work. At the moment there is a lot of work both in design and with my painting, I feel blessed.

I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented people throughout my design career. Publishing (creative director for Fodor’s.com), Ecommerce (creative director for Shopping.com) Ad agencies, NonProfits and Tech startups. I attended San Fransico Art Academy for graphic design and photography. My experience is varied and substantial, but of course the work stands on it own.

I am lead creative on most projects but have produced larger projects in partnership with other experienced, innovative, and skilled US based professionals. I bring together exactly the people you need when you need them, thus providing exceptional work, on time, for a fair price. You get a great team that enjoys working together and working collaboratively with clients.

My hallmarks are clean, relevant, smart design solutions that make sense; design results that work for each client and the marketplace; and a client-centered, customized approach to the needs, scope, and budget for each project. I’m good at what I do because I have a lot of experience and work with other amazingly talented people which gives me the advantage to help my clients clarify their vision and achieve near-term and aspirational goals.

My creative philosophy is that great work comes from great partnerships. This belief fuels my passion for each new project. I use my creativity, intuition, and experience, combined with knowledge and plenty of research, to meet my clients’ needs and help them reach their greatest potential. I handle each job with a professional attention to detail and I/we read a lot and are always on the look out for the latest technology to help us all keep up with the worlds fast pace changes.

I’m a Wisconsin native who has lived in New York City for most my life. I studied painting with Alex Chidichimo who I followed to California out of Chicago. He taught me to paint like Velázquez. The truth is I love representational painting and I’m working all the time to better my painting. I am trying to find the balance between beautiful representational storytelling and being free to express whatever I want without limits. I have lived several times in California (I love California, but love and need New York). I was also lucky to live in both Europe and Mexico which gave my midwest upbringing and much needed perspective. When I’m not working, I love travel, small town life in Mexico and South America, music of all kinds, swimming, biking, and spending time with friends and family. Did I say biking, I love biking! – it allows me to feel alive both physically and mentally. For inspiration I take photos, search instagram for amazing photographers, and explore the less explored parts of New York City and its street life.