Thanks for your interest! I was born in the beautiful city of Coeur d'Alene and grew up surrounded by all things artistic. Art in all its variations has always grabbed my interest, from drawing and painting to sculpture and architecture. I took every art class they let me take through grade schools, middle school & high school. When they weren't offered, I took extracurricular classes.
Commercial design, in particular, was interesting to me and with the help of a fantastic art teacher and program at my high school I got a solid grounding in professional design concepts like kerning, balance, color, tone, and form. With help from my art teacher, I took on my first design projects for local businesses and organizations as a sophomore in high school and have been freelancing since. Over the past twenty years, I've studied frequently at the school of hard knocks and have learned what works and what doesn't. I'd love to invite you to browse my portfolio.
In addition to my passion for the visual arts, I grew up in a musical family—just about everybody on my dad's side plays multiple instruments. We still get together every once in awhile to play bluegrass, old-style music, and folk. I started playing the guitar at the age of eight, the piano somewhere around that time, and picked up the mandolin and banjo. In fifth grade, I started playing violin (and fiddle music with my family), and continued in both classical and contemporary instruction throughout middle school and high school. I had the pleasure of serving as concertmaster for the CHS senior orchestra, as well as singing in the select choirs and jazz choirs, playing piano/keyboards in the stage band and pep band, and taking private violin instruction. I also began writing music in high school. Over the years, I've picked up a number of other instruments and am always learning something new.
When I graduated from CHS in 1996 and headed off to Northwest Christian University, I was already doing some design work on a freelance basis as an offshoot of the commercial design and graphic design classes I was taking. I decided to major in music ministry—essentially a music performance degree with a Christian emphasis. My primary instrument was voice, and I decided to study guitar more seriously as my secondary instrument.
In 1998, I was honored to be one of the singer/songwriters featured on the College Life Compilation, a CD produced by Paul Wright along with other artists from Northwest Christian University, including Ryan Stevenson, Shawn McDonald & Keegan Smith. I also toured with several groups including Pilgrimage, a group of eight that played just about every weekend during 1998-1999, including a 12 concert tour through California. I graduated in 2000 and moved to Lewiston to be closer to family.
I'm currently the fiddle player for Wanigan (a progressive bluegrass/folk band), and spend a lot of time writing & recording music, writing poetry, drawing and illustrating. Wanigan released Brand New Day in 2008, Firefly in 2013, and we're currently working on our next album while playing gigs in the Lewis-Clark Valley and around the Northwest.
On July 13th, 2014, I married my best friend, Lindsay Elizabeth. You can find out more about all of that at OakandLinden.org. Between us, Lindsay and I have quite a clowder of cats: friendly Alice, also called Mama Cat; Al the big lovable clown; and the enigmatic and aloof Tigerlily. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to Marari and Mysti last year.
I've been designing since 1994 and began developing websites in 1996. In 2005, I relaunched as Firewind Productions after my central philosophy of design and web development. For more information about Firewind, click the links to the right.