With two decades experience as an award-winning illustrator, I envision a client’s needs in a variety of artistic media. From caricatures of countless entertainers to conceptual illustrations to collaborations with other journalists and designers, my work features many styles illustrating a variety of topics.
At the beginning of my career as a news artist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, I focused primarily on caricature and concept pieces. As the newspaper business evolved, I adapted my painting style to digital media and mastered software such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator. I also focused more on telling stories through infographics.
In addition to illustration and breaking news graphics, I was responsible for covering Las Vegas’ most newsworthy federal cases. Drawing from the courtroom bench, my assignment was to set the scene of the trial, sometimes in just a few minutes. Several of my courtroom drawings appeared on local television news and CNN.
I was a lifelong Michigander prior to my time at the Review-Journal. Hailing from southwestern Michigan, I graduated in 1992 from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids. Even my first post-college job, as a production artist for a local children’s apparel company, afforded me experience — in skills such as screen printing and color separation — that I still use today.
Most importantly: It inspired me to do my own artwork.
As an artist, I look forward to new opportunities. My skills, experience and love of storytelling drive me, and I am eager to work with creative clients seeking fresh ideas and rich content.