About
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, I was raised in a family of publishers and artists. Despite an early dislike of school, because I was downgraded in art due to natural ability, I went on to receive a B.S. in Art and a second in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2004. Since graduating, I realized th… Read More
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, I was raised in a family of publishers and artists. Despite an early dislike of school, because I was downgraded in art due to natural ability, I went on to receive a B.S. in Art and a second in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2004. Since graduating, I realized that computers where the way of the future, and yes, I know that computers existed prior to 2004, but I do love to have my nose buried in a book and this is the only excuse I'm willing to offer for my computer negligence prior to 2004 other than I didn't even have regular access to a computer till 1999. Now I primarily spend my time as a freelance Graphic Designer in Madison while continuing my education at Madison College to acquire the computer skills necessary to augment my more classical art training.

I try to do way too much at once. If possible I would like to be able to knit while gaming* and designing with a side of a book with a BBC miniseries on in the background and a cat in my lap.

*More traditional computer gaming like Everquest, Dark Ages of Camelot and City of Heroes, though I admit it's futile to resist the lure of Zynga on facebook. Read Less
Networking
When I first started actually studying art I came to realize, more and more, what an insular little world it is. Not just the smallness of the community, but the introverted nature of art. You make things for yourself that, in truth, serve no purpose but beauty. It is very hard to make a living on beauty. After my… Read More
When I first started actually studying art I came to realize, more and more, what an insular little world it is. Not just the smallness of the community, but the introverted nature of art. You make things for yourself that, in truth, serve no purpose but beauty. It is very hard to make a living on beauty. After my many years at the UW-Madison I had no real way to support myself, but still held close the knowledge that I would make art.

At this time I started to be hired more and more to do computer work. Real web work with real money. I jumped in with two feet into the world of Graphic Design and haven't looked back. Yet the world of Graphic Design is so different from "fine art." There are people and connections that need to be made. At first, when I started at Madison College, I kept myself inwardly focused. I carried on like I was still at the UW-Madison. When I finally realized what I was doing I decided to break the pattern, make the connections, a recluse no more I would be! I first joined the Art Club, then I became one of the Art Club's non-elected officers, I joined Design Madison, I became one of the Art Club's elected officers and as secretary I created and spearheaded the campaign to make a student AIGA chapter, which succeeded in February of 2011 and our chapter is still going strong.

Yet, the fellow designers I have met through all this hard work was worth it. I don't view them as contacts, but as friends. Networking has made me a better designer. I see the design world all around me, I'm not in a closed off little world anymore. Read Less
Book Blogging
I adore books. I just can't get enough of them. On average, I'd say I devour two books a week. There where a few other people I knew who started book blogs awhile back and I thought that would be fun. If I'm being honest, I started it more because I wanted free books than as another outlet for myself to have a "we… Read More
I adore books. I just can't get enough of them. On average, I'd say I devour two books a week. There where a few other people I knew who started book blogs awhile back and I thought that would be fun. If I'm being honest, I started it more because I wanted free books than as another outlet for myself to have a "web presence." Yes, you get free books (if you take the time and make the connections.) Yet it has achieved both! I get free books (yeah!), but more than that, I have created a way to connect with authors and artists and designers that shows my other interests besides just the design side. People are always learning and expanding and changing and books help this metamorphosis. There's a depth to people who read and a stronger connection forged if you share similar interests or love similar books. Never stop learning. Never stop expanding your horizons. Never stop reading! Read Less
Full Resume
Work Experience
  • Freelance Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art
    Self-Employed // Madison, WI, USA
  • Blogger
    Strange & Random Happenstance Book Blog // Madison, WI, USA
  • Graphic Designer
    Marshall & Ilsley Corp. // Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Co-Founder LiamWear T-Shirt Company
    LiamWear // Madison, WI, USA
  • Scenic Designer
    University of Wisconsin Madison Theatre and Opera/Madison Opera // Madison, WI, USA
  • Gallery Assistant
    Stanton & Lee Publishers // Madison, WI, USA
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