Zero to 60 in Moments
I wasn’t born with a brush in my hand nor did I start drawing when I was 3. I grew up in a small mid-western town where art was not really essential (at the time) which meant I had a late start compared to some of my colleagues.
It was my 3rd year in college when I suddenly learned I had a talent for painting. Some of my personality traits helped propel me through this period in my life. I went from zero to 60 in moments and did it while battling progressive severe ulcerative colitis.
Determination with a Capital "D"
I graduated with a BFA and honors in painting and was accepted into the MFA program at University of Washington, Seattle. There was a point during this time I was becoming extremely ill and thought I would have to drop out of grad-school. I refused. I mean it – I absolutely refused. I took 3 months off, had 3 major surgeries and stubbornly insisted on returning to school as soon as I could.
Bananas, Microsoft & More
After grad-school, to fund my studio pursuits and ultimately help support my family, I worked as an interface designer that led to a stellar career in web development. I wrote for Microsoft and Yahoo, was a guest expert for Microsoft Small Business and the lead creative force behind countless companies including many big named brands such as WD-40 Company, MapMyFitness and Chiquita Bananas.
During my web career I continued to make art, but there was always an element of unrest because of the constant divided attention between a demanding career and time in the studio. In 2012, I made one of the best decisions of my life — to return my entire focus to painting, drawing and photography. I have never been happier.
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