I’ve made visual communications and commercial art my pleasure and vocation since 1980. In the mid 70’s I studied to pursue a career as a studio potter and ceramicist. Life offered some new intersections though and I ended up as a graphic designer.
I suppose the graphic design was in my roots, my grandfather was a type setter for the Minneapolis Star & Tribune newspaper. In 1981 I started as a “staff designer” at a company in Minnesota that made health and beauty products as well as home fragrances. There I learned to do packaging design, product label design, product catalogs and numerous other print related projects.
For a while I worked at a small advertising agency, as an art director. In 1985 I left the agency to begin my own small graphic design studio. I eventually decided to work out of my home. High speed computers and internet having made that possible. I do cherish the independence.
Over the last 10 years I have been working on fine art projects, focusing on photo illustration and along with some digital modeling. Since the fall of 2010 I’ve expanded my interest into “urban-scapes”. That’s my name for what is actually, edgy, macro (very close-up) photography of weathered train graffiti. Also during this time, the mandala muse awakened within...
I first explored mandalas in the late 70’s. Both the mandalas and the macros are now making their way to various garments and fabric applications. My hope is you will get the same buzz from these designs as I did when discovering them for the first time.
For me, it’s less about the meaning of the art and more about the feeling it conjures and shares.