About me:

Some of my parts

Elevator  Pitch

If you’re reading this on an elevator or in any general sort of hurry.

I’m a creative technologist and digital strategist with 20+ years of work in web-development, graphic design, and fine art.

Really Tall Building Elevator  Pitch

If you have a little more time.

When I was four I found a metal coil spring in the alley behind our house. I proceeded to make a working pinball machine from it. Around that time, I also learned how to ride a bike in the same alley. It was a big year for me.

I haven’t stopped riding bikes or being fascinated by how things work; physically, visually, linguistically, and conceptually. A teacher in grade school saw my interest in art, and my attempts at humor and wit, and suggested I go into advertising. Being eight at the time I didn’t really know what a job was or what to do with career advice, so I just kept drawing and tinkering.

With that curiosity and an obsession for drawing, books, illustration and graphic design, I wound up in art school. I reveled in learning each new medium and binged art history like it was a Netflix series. I changed from an illustration specific major to a general BFA to support my polyamorous academic pursuits. Thinking breadth of knowledge would somehow be equally as valuable as depth in one particular medium or discipline.

After graduating, I had various careers utilizing the equally varied skills and knowledge I gathered in college; mostly in art galleries and graphic design. On my own, I continued painting, photography, printmaking, working on children’s book ideas, and screenwriting.

I remember writing my first <html> in the year 2000. Creating portfolios for my design, illustration, and art is what drew me into the web. I continued making new personal sites and continued learning with each iteration. Flash, CSS, Apache, FireBug, content management systems, PHP, and SQL, JS, and so on, and so on.

After 10 years of design, independent web projects, HTML emails, and digital marketing and fundraising, I had enough demonstrable experience to convince someone to let me do it for a living. And that’s what I’ve been doing since 2010.

I was eventually able to take my grade school teacher’s advice and get a job in advertising. It was a wonderful feeling finding a home that appreciated curious creative generalists. I was able to take everything I had caught in my weird wide net over the years and apply it to the digital projects we pitched and were awarded.

Images!

For emotional impact and a sense of relatability.

Forest Park For a Little While
The rare whole-family shot
In Maine, it’s said, the clouds look like a pig on top of a dog, but I don’t see it
Dad vibes
Jacques Tati vibes: Mon Oncles
Canada vibes
Forest Park For Fighting
Montreal vibes
Forest Park For Summer
Following Jonathan in Nebraska, halfway across the U.S. to Los Angeles
My aim is true
Trying to make Montreal at home
Forest Park For Scootin’
My commute to work at Yosemite
Self portrait
Mikey Wally is boring
Mexico vibes
Big bike day
Pittsburgh en route to D.C. on the GAP trail and the C&O Canal footpath with Sean
Mssr. Hulot’s beach, France
Maine with one and a half
Maine five years later with three
I think this might be the best painting in the world, but I’m waiting until I’ve seen all the paintings in the world before I can say for sure
Littlest trying to be even little-er
Maine vibes
The hottest day in NYC history vibes
Cloak of Visibility
Indiana tango
Somewhere in Mexico
San Francisco vibes
Living on the edge
Beach house in Mexico
SLAM
I’d rather be biking
Pittsburgh to D.C.

Bullets

Interests, hobbies, and passions. If you’re into word clouds, I think these would be stratocumulus.

  • Family
  • Wordplay
  • Bikes
  • The out of doors
  • Podcasts
  • Comedy
  • Podcasts about comedy
  • Coffee
  • Baking / eating baked goods
  • Design
  • Typographical accid ents
  • History
  • Travel & adventure
  • Human-centric urban design and transportation
  • Peanut M&M’s®
  • Renewable energy
  • Jacques Tati
  • France
  • The Netherlands 
  • Gardening
  • Movies
  • TVs
  • Engineering
  • Old houses

Work History

Greatest, most relevant-est, hits.

Washington  University  Marketing  & Communications

Director of Web Development
2021 – Present

Paradowski   Creative

Technology Strategy Lead / Technology Director / Developer
2015 – 2021

Arsenal Studios

Desginer / Developer
2011 – 2014

Steady Rain

Desginer / Developer
2010 – 2011

Missouri  Botanical  Garden

Desginer
2002 – 2004

The Wormser Company

Desginer
2000 – 2002

School History

Art Institute of Chicago

1998 – 1999 – BFA – Illustration and Design

Rhode   Island  School of  Design

1997 – 1998 – Illustration

Winthrop  University

1995 – 1997 – Fine Art