I am a Colorado based Visual Communications Specialist. My passion is to tell stories through a creative process that produces a successful result
My expertise is broad: Branding, logo design, product photography, catalog layout, product design, retail hardlines, illustration for children’s books and children’s product.
The last 4 years I have created and successfully funded 7 Kickstarter crowdfunding projects.
- Golden Spike Playing Cards
- Innovation Playing Cards
- Devastation Playing Cards
- Inception Playing Cards
- Titans Playing Cards
- Innovation Blue Playing Cards
- The Iron Horse Playing Cards
From the very beginning, since I was a child, barely able to hold a pencil, I had a knack for drawing. When things got tough in my life, I would shut myself in my room and draw or make whatever came to mind. I also believe that it was my creator who gave me my gifts and it is He I have always aimed to please with anything that I create.
I went to Southern Illinois University for a degree in Visual Communications, which is essentially Graphic Design. From that, I was licensed to draw, but it wasn’t until my time spent working for Lighthouse Christian Products Co. that I learned to hone my abilities, Typography, Illustration and simple layout. One of my best experiences working for Lighthouse was when I got the chance to direct and create a 5 book series for children called, “Solomon and Friends Learn About…” I enjoyed collaborating with 6 other artist, who were all very talented in their own right.
Why Playing cards?
At the beginning of 2014, a good friend of mine told me about his experiences funding projects on Kickstarter. He thought it would be a good fit for me to try my hand at designing a deck of cards. So, I took a stab at it and I launched The Hipters playing cards on Kickstarter a few months later. Well, it didn’t go quite as planned. The project failed to fund, but I learned a lot during that first project. Much of my education came from the community of playing card collectors and cardists at United Cardists.
I quickly got to work on my next project, called the Golden Spike, which was inspired by my youngest child’s love of trains. When I launched and funded the Golden Spike, which was my first successful Kickstarter, I was hooked. I now love to design playing cards and even collect them a little.