INSPIRATION I like to think that my art & design reflects the joy of exploration, discovery and self-expression. As a fifth-generation California native whose family dates back to the Gold Rush, I felt compelled to see more of the world beyond my rural hometown. I have lived in San Francisco, Tokyo, New York, New Orleans & Mexico City, and each place has had a powerful impact on my aesthetic. Photography & design are crucial to my creative expression, allowing me to document memorable locations, colors, objects, plants & events. Graphic Design allows me to run with these inspirations in a way that is more versatile, immediate and shareable than my artistic works. I have developed an abiding passion for using my professional & creative skills to lift up other artists & entrepreneurs. It's hard to get established, and nothing gives me greater joy than helping others succeed in their passions. This can mean graphics, logos, and branding for small businesses, tour merchandise & promotional materials for musicians, and digitizing artwork to allow artists to reach wider audiences with unique products. EDUCATION I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with honors in 2004. I double-majored in Japanese and Dramatic Arts and spent a year studying Japanese language and culture in Tokyo. Driven to further my education and develop a professional creative skill set, I later entered the MFA program in Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating in 2013. I have since used these skills to develop a wide range of graphics, products, & merchandise as a Freelance Designer & Small Business Consultant.