I was born in 1975 and grew up on the coast of Northern California. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Environmental and Resource Sciences and a studio art minor in 1998, and have been working in the graphic arts discipline since 1999.
From 1999-2006, I worked as a graphic designer and then as art director for R.H. Phillips Wine Company, eventually merging with Vincor USA and Constellation Brands. I directed and created artwork for a large portfolio of wine brands such as Toasted Head, Kim Crawford, Hogue Cellars, RH Phillips and Inniskillin.
After seven years creating artwork in the wine industry, I accepted a position as the Creative Director for Nugget Markets, a 16-store family-owned grocery chain in Northern California. Nugget Markets has been consistently listed as one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine since 2006. I lead a team of graphic designers, and together we create and manage our corporate identity, advertising, in-store signage, website content, packaging, labels, collateral, video and audio production, photography, as well as our marketing programs.
I am a letterpress printer, a woodworker, a musician, and a photographer. I have a band called the Bottom Dwellers, and we're currently recording our fourth album. I record professional audio for various needs, including audio CDs, voice-overs, and broadcast quality productions. I am a luthier (guitar-maker), and taught guitar design and construction classes at the UC Davis Craft Center for two years. I also make furniture and other wooden things. I enjoy designing, printing, and the handmade aspect of letterpress printing. I am currently working with the wet plate collodion process of making photographs.
Throughout the 19 years of my professional visual communication work, I've focused on graphic design, print production, photography, video & audio production, package design, website development, online marketing and managing creative people. I've had great opportunities and learning experiences which have shaped my career in the graphic design industry.