If you've landed here, it probably means you're considering me for a job, or we just met in line at the natural food store and you want to make sure that I'm not the skin-suit guy from Silence Of The Lambs.
A bit of background. I am from Colorado but love the great indoors. My passions have always been creative: illustration, sculpture, design, and for an unfortunate period in first grade, cutting my own hair. In 2015, I moved to LA to push myself personally and creatively. I commuted many miles, learned from remarkable people, made things I didn't think I was capable of, and failed to get even a hint of a tan. Now I'm back in Denver and excited to apply my experience to agencies and brands here in the Mile High City.
Rage against the machine.
While I try not to impose too many rules on myself, there are a few principles that guide the way I make things. And if there's a thread that runs through them all, it's the desire to remain human. In my work, I try to be myself as much as possible. This can mean injecting humor, being vulnerable, and often screwing up. It's scary and I question myself constantly. But in a time when most things are disposable and interchangeable, I believe that work with a heart that strives for connection has the best chance to endure. Even if, like us, it's not quite perfect.
So, taking no small amount of inspiration from Kent M. Keith's "Paradoxical Commandments", here are my maxims for making.
Most advice says grow up. Be a kid anyway.
Stay connected with the part of you that sees the world through new eyes and makes things just for fun. Be curious, naive, and playful. Ask big questions (and lots of small ones, too). Run fast, climb high, and take risks even if you might get hurt.
Most institutions tout perfection. Make mistakes anyway.
Life is not a perfectly styled Instagram photo. It's the accidents, surprises, and outright failures that make it interesting and rewarding. It's when you do your best and still don't succeed that you know you're onto something big. So be brave, reach further than your grasp, and remember that if you aren't failing, you aren't trying hard enough.
Now that you know me, I'd love to hear all about you.
If you're an agency or brand seeking a multidisciplinary designer and creative leader, get in touch! Maybe you're a photographer or developer looking for a partner in crime? I'd be excited to know what you're working on. Just hit that little button down there to drop me a line.
Let's make something — together.