I grew up a small New England town called Windsor, CT. My mother would take me to this local dinner for breakfast where the smell of toast and scrambled eggs filled the air. I started drawing on a blank piece of paper out of boredom to pass the time. Communicating the images to be presented for someone to see excited me; I felt freedom creating these pieces of art. The literal hunger for food was complimented with another: Craft Illustrative Tales! Using illustration, design, or brand to express an idea opened up a whole new world for me.
From that point forward, taking paper and other materials to practice drawing became a habit wherever I went. My younger sister was the first person to see my imaginative worlds; stapled in the form of a few pages. I would wake up at 8AM on Saturday mornings to watch my favorite cartoons and keep my imagination active.
Around the same time, I was introduced to Japanese Animation (Anime), which opened up a whole new world for me. I would rush home each day after school to watch my favorite cartoon block on Cartoon Network, which introduced me to a whole new way to draw. This became my obsession, resulting in me sneaking downstairs late night to watch the more mature versions. I was mesmerized by the aesthetics of these various art forms I never knew existed. These influences followed me into my teen years, leading me to my creative career in an independent multi-media studio where I stayed for many years harnessing my craft. The emotions and passion I felt during that period of watching my mentor’s work built up, sparked my desire to connect people to my work through personal fulfillment.
I wanted my desire, passion, and creative ideas to bleed into my Graphic Design work. During college, I would stuff my book bag with graphic design magazines so I had a hard time zipping it up. I greatly admired the deconstruction, concepts, and formats to whatever I could see and find inspiration from. While in college, I was interning to perfect my craft, while working in the same independent multi-media company, but in a much larger role. From there, I would go on to teach Youth Drawing, Graphic Design, and Animation.
Attending college, while working in the studio, increased my skill set to a new level where I could be the best artist I envisioned myself as when I was younger. The look on the client’s face when I presented their design was enticing and brought joy to my heart. Overall, my main goal is simple: Engagement, Emotional Response, and Participation. Every design, illustration, and creative work I produce is aimed to make my clients happy with my service.