I have been working as a Commercial Artist since 1991. I was a design major in school at The Art Academy of Cincinnati.
I have always been fascinated with the history and psychology of design, but also wanted to learn the hands-on ability to create the things I was designing. I started as an apprentice at a sign painting shop, then a screen printer, then discovered scenic painting, I started working part time for Paramount Parks a company that provide all the signs, scenery and sets for 5 different theme parks around the country. I learned more about hand lettering as well as painting huge backdrops for stage shows and the psychological effect of color. This opened the door to designing and painting sets for theater. I began refining skills using large spray guns and painting boldly with big brushes, observing impressionistic painting to learn about color use and painting loosely. These techniques were crucial for conveying exciting painted scenery that can be “read” by the audience at 30-40 feet away.
I was still working for Paramount, but had since relocated to Charlotte NC and was hired full-time, where, within 5 years was manager of the entire paint shop. Now I was getting to design some of the sets my shop was painting. I began to refine my ability to do quick concept drawings that were eventually worked into finished renderings and then painted at full scale.
In 2002 I began working for myself, taking what I had learned thus far and applying my painting abilities to high end murals and historic painted reproduction and traditional faux finishing for history museums. While not on the road painting, I continue to design and illustrate and paint, everything from logos, murals, hand lettered signs, poster art, product labels, and illustrations for children’s books. Applying my knowledge of design, and working in whatever style that best suits the clients needs.
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