A little history

Born in Key West Florida, I have the unique perspective of seeing things as only a “Conch” can. A love for the ocean and many of the activities that accompany having saltwater run through my veins comes with the territory. This relationship with the marine lifestyle has kept me close to the coast and water most of my life.

As a U.S. Navy EOD Diver and UXO contractor I was making the world safer one detonation at a time. During these tours of duty I had the fortunate opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. and in several different countries. Through these unique experiences I have met and worked along side characters only read about in books making for one of a kind occurrences I carry with me today.

Design

At its core, design is about providing a plan to show the look, feel and functioning of an object. This tool of communication, through the arrangement of text, lines, shapes and patterns, exists to create an action or show purpose. This is the foundation for ones voice and image.

Whether it’s for web, graphics or illustrations, any type of my design work stems from extensive research. This is the basis for comprehending the challenge which will lead to a more fundamental solution. By applying what is learned and with the use of colors, typography, form and structure the viewer can gain a clearer understanding through the design. The knowledge gained through this process can also be applied to future projects and is insurmountable to me as a designer.

I find that the architecture and organization of information and how it is presented is an extremely rewarding process. When it comes to designing digital experiences my primary focus is on usability and functionality for the viewer through best practice solutions. By utilizing web standards based practices, clean HTML/CSS code and the latest technologies I am able to provide a forward compatible solution that is easy to maintain and will be around as technologies evolve.

Proficiencies & Skills

UI/UX Design | Front-end Development | SEO Optimization | Email Marketing | Information Architecture | Brand Development | Print Design | Creative & Art Direction

Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign | Dreamweaver | HTML5/CSS3 | WordPress | Expression Engine | Mail Chimp | Campaign Monitor | Litmus

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Art

There is an intrinsic value in the human soul – this is the creative spirit. We connect to this spirit through creative thought and expression. This ability is in every human being and is used to solve problems, comprehend our connection to the human race, illuminate the unknown or for creative enjoyment.

As an artist I don’t lend myself to the use of one certain medium. Self–exploration through the mediums and materials used is an essential part of the process in creating a piece of work. Having the capability to draw, paint, sculpt and print are the fundamental elements in the process of creating art. Allowing the materials to speak for the work of art is just as important as the image and feeling the viewer interprets in the final product.

There is no certain direction that I follow when creating art, at most, I try and let the knowledge of each piece speak for itself and hopefully lead me in new directions. There is constant change in life and my art relates directly to this statement, constantly evolving and transforming but leaving a lasting impression of a certain time in my life. Being able to capture these moments is essential for the process of reflection and creation of the new. For in modern art there are no boundaries, only limitations set by ourselves.

Proficiencies & Skills

Pencil | Pastel | Acrylic | Oils | Printmaking | Sculpture | Construction | Modeling

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