I received my BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institue. I fell in love with the wide variety of printmaking techniques. My work evolved into an exploration of balancing ambiguity with personal disclosure, creating what I now see as my own proverbial phrases and imagery - seemingly warning or advising the viewer, but cloaking the true meaning in allegorical symbolism.
Techniques including stone lithography, monoprints, metal engravings and etchings, moku-hanga prints, relief prints, and chine colle.
A variety of photos and digital composites of astronomical events that include the super moon, blood moon, lunar eclipse, star trails, meteor showers, and light pollution.
I currently work at a small e-commerce business where I help manage our inventory and it's representation on our website, design our promotional graphics and marketing campaigns, and photograph our products(1).
"Absurdist Calendar" photography + photo compositing / manipulation
The genesis of this project formed in a friend’s kitchen while we were cooking dinner. We were discussing how we wanted to work on a recreational project and involve some of our imaginative and energetic friends. We started the project with nothing more than a desire to mingle productively with our friends.
Through our filter of “absurdist photo shoots,” most of the photos took on a staged, theatrical quality that contained each person’s own “character.” Each image could be seen as a still frame from a play. We did not really foresee this and we were initially, mostly interested in the spontaneity and freedom of the project.
Sometimes, just the action of doing before hyper-defining themes can be a rewarding process.
Photos exhibited at KC Connect.
A sampling of portrait photos I have taken and retouched over the last couple of years. I worked at a boutique-styled portrait photography studio for 2-ish years where I helped shoot family and executive portraits and I retouched and print-prepped all our work.
(Watermarked images were shot and retouched while at Judy Williams Photography. These are copyrighted images.)
I have been working at a small-sized e-commerce business for 3 years as a web content/inventory manager and product photographer. Honestly, it's boring imagery - door and window parts and hardware, but someone's gotta take em!
A sampling of various types of event photography. I am currently a volunteer / committee member of Uncle Babs: a queer safe(r) space collective (related photos: the images with the blue logo on bottom right).
I have also shot events for non-profit art programs and magazine publications.
These animated clips are all personal projects that show a variety of different mediums and techniques - hand-drawn and/or painted elements, video / masking, and found-imagery. I used Adobe After Effects to create all these clips.
"Sonic String is a music app that engages artists and listeners. We don’t just throw tracks in a room and hope someone notices them. We share them, we listen to them, we get excited about them--and when a listener connects with a song, we cultivate a relationship. That's why we do what we do, because it's about time someone realized that discovering new music isn't just a numbers game, it’s a human connection."
Sonic String wanted to keep the "dal segno" character and keep the logo black and white. They have a great line in their video that goes something like, "what does music actually give you? It gives you a pulse." From there, I looked for inspiration in heart monitor graphs, echocardiogram charts, sheet music, and sonic shock wave illustrations.
Campaign content strategy + identity + collateral
“Project SMALL” is an in-progress campaign initiated by etc! Advertising targeted towards small business appreciation / support.
Content strategy based on the idea that small business owners "wear many hats."
Logo designed to keep in line with etc!'s logo.
Branded campaign strategy + consumer engagement + package design
Class project - Boulevard Brewery wants to connect with fans of the Kansas City Royals frenzy. Package design would have a pop-out monocle that is connected to a bottle neck. The consumer would be encouraged to share images of themselves wearing the monocle (instructions located on the opposite side of the package). They would then be entered to win prizes like tickets, Royals merchandise, etc.