If you were to tell me when I as kid that one day I would grow up and become a poster designer, I probably would have laughed at you, or I might not have even understood what that meant. To be honest, it all kind of happened by accident. Don't get me wrong, I have always been creative and there was not a time where a pencil and some paper was out of grasp. I would doodle in class room text books and I had a wild imagination and I could day dream with the best of them, but even in the best of dreams I where I wanted be an astronaut, or scientist, or something, illustration and graphic design was not even on the list.
My creativity began as a child where I was influenced by movies that in any other household would not have been shown to someone my age. I did not grow up watching Disney movies and I don't have any nostalgia from them. My memories where of Ripley, McClane, Dutch, Murphy and MacReady. Those characters were my heroes. I always wanted celebrate what I loved as a kid and some of my earliest memories included watching movies like The Thing and Alien and then trying to draw those characters and monsters.
I didn't know then what I know now, but as I grew up and my creativity grew with me I wanted to become a storyteller, but what kind? I had no idea! I thought maybe I would become a storyboard artist or work in comics or something like that. Off to college I went, where I was exposed to artists like Warhol, Banksy, Fairey, and Hokusai which changed what I thought illustration and graphic design could be. Those influences would mold me significantly. In 2006 I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a degree in Digital Media Illustration.
The accidental poster career came after I graduated. I was often doing odd jobs because it turns out a creative career was much less stable than I thought. Struggling to find a steady income, I decided to focus my efforts and open an online store at a popular DIY eCommerce platform and it gave me the motivation to constantly create new artwork. Soon I began to revisit the themes and influences that I had as a kid like Friday The 13th, Halloween, Alien, The Thing and taking what I learned in college and applying it to those ideas and to my surprise the store became successful. That success fueled me to keep moving forward and to create more!
Fast forward to today. I spend most of my days and nights designing and illustrating posters with references from pop culture. I also try to travel as much as I can taking my artwork on the road with me making appearances all across the country at comic and horror conventions. It was been an unorthodox creative career but at the same time, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I currently live in Michigan where I encourage global warming to avoid the harsh winters.