Design. It’s what I live for. The ability to produce something new and unique is what drives me. I am involved in many aspects of design from Architecture and Interior Design to Fashion, Photography and Graphic Design. I believe that being adept in all fields of design broadens my horizon of creativity. I have a never-ending hunger for learning. I want to be able to do everything and do it well. I love being part of a project from beginning to end and the problem solving challenges that arise throughout the process.
On the more traditional side, I love painting and the exploration of color. I use mostly heavy acrylics in an abstract manor. My paintings are currently on display and sold at Klingman’s Fine Furniture of Grand Rapids but I am always open to creating custom pieces.
A bit more about me personally; I have been blessed with a colorful life full of once in a lifetime experiences that have added to my design aesthetics. In 2004, I was deployed with the Michigan National Guard to Iraq where I served 18 months as a heavy diesel mechanic. Upon my return I attended Ferris State University where I earned an Associates degree in Architectural Technology and worked as the VA Student Rep and the VA Newsletter Editor. After graduation I moved to Detroit where I worked a summer internship as a draftsman for Neumann Smith Architecture. That fall I moved back to West Michigan and began attending Kendall College of Art and Design where I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts. While at Kendall I was able to test out of a digital design class and make room for a marketing internship at Kindel Furniture Company which proved to be rewarding in many ways. I was also requested by professors to tutor students in Material Specifications and CAD Drafting.
Since starting my own design studio in 2012, I have gained professional experience in the fields of graphic design, interior design, photography and marketing. Adding to my resume, I am currently the Commander of Hough-Pontius VFW Post #3701 in Lakeview and on a mission to recruit a younger generation of veterans. See a recent article about the VFW here.