So, This Is My Story…
One day, many years ago, I was born in Rizal (just east of Manila) to a family who didn't have the resources to care for me. So, at [let's say] 15 months, I was adopted by an American family station at Kadena Air Force in Okinowa, Japan. There's so much more to this story, but let's save it for coffee some day!
So, my family and I moved a bit and landed in Northwest Ohio; where we've been for the majority of my life. I grew up in a small town and went to a very small school, where a very special art teacher showed me I was capable of being more than ordinary. And during my sophomore year of high school, my career as an artist began. I started doing small print jobs for family friends with businesses and taking portraits. I went on to study Fine Art at Bowling Green State University and earned a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. All the while, I grew my clientele, dabbled in different industries, I traveled to Italy, and continued to sharpen my skills.
After college, I felt pretty burned out on Graphic Design and Marketing and just needed to find my passion for the creative industry again. I started my first small business as a Photographer, covering mostly portraits and weddings. I then took two years off from photography and entered the banking world, where I grasped a lot about small business financing. I soon got the itch for something more and could not handle 9-5 banking boredom any more. I took a risk and jumped into web design and development with a small local company. It turned out to not be the right fit exactly, but the experience allowed me to push myself again and learn on my own. It sparked just enough motivation to get back to work... for myself... again. I decided to concentrate on design work. I really wanted to work with businesses. In my experience, I have helped several small business with design related work. I found myself also being their marketing consultant and online guru. I loved it! It was an added challenge to the job that only benefitted my design work.
Now, here I am…
Over 10 Years Experience in Graphic Design, Marketing, & Photography