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, ceramics, 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-five 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 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.
In 2008 I became the fiddle player for Wanigan (a progressive bluegrass/folk band).We released Brand New Day in 2008, Firefly in 2013, and we're currently working on our next album while playing gigs around the Northwest.
On July 13th, 2014, I married my best friend, Lindsay Elizabeth. Between us, Lindsay and I have quite a clowder of cats: friendly Alice, also called Mama Kitty; the enigmatic and aloof Tigerlily; and our newest furkid, the slightly crazy but enormously fun Elli. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to Al the big lovable clown last year after a long battle with a heart defect. The previous year we had to say goodbye to Marari after a courageous battle with end-stage renal failure. Mysti, also known as Magical Mrs. Mystopholes, passed a few months later.
In 2018, Lindsay accepted her dream job as the kindergarten teacher for Darrington Elementary School, and we moved seven hours away to the cozy little town of Darrington in the North Cascades. I spend a lot of time writing & recording music, writing poetry, drawing and illustrating. I’m also finishing my trilogy of books, Seven Dangerous Prayers. Much more about that later.