Skills & Expertise

  • Expert with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

  • Proficient with Adobe Audition, Premiere, AfterEffects, Acrobat, and LightRoom

  • Proficient with xHTML, PHP, Apache, MySQL, Javascript, and other web technologies

  • Direct experience mixing audio and mastering CDs, DVDs, audio books, podcasts, and more

  • Photographer with excellent photo retouching skills

  • Illustrator and artist

  • Copywriter and marketing consultant

  • Educator and software trainer

  • Publisher and co-publisher of several written and audio works

  • Digital sales and marketing coordinator for CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com, and others

  • Gold Partner with Discmakers


School of Hard Knocks: 1994 – Present

25 years of real world experience in the graphic arts industry, from freelance to corporate and everything in between.

Northwest Christian College: 1996 – 2000

Pursued Bachelor of Arts, Music Ministry

Coeur d'Alene High School: 1992 – 1996

Diploma. Graduated with high honors.

Owner/Principle Creative: Firewind Productions

September 1994 – Present (24 years 6 months)

Owner and principal, helping other creatives find and free their fire; providing music lessons, design and illustration, production, publishing, marketing & training services on and off the Web.

A Gold Partner with Discmakers, we can handle all stages of design and production for your audio projects, big and small. 

On the Web, we build complete multi-platform, responsive, search-engine friendly rich media solutions for bands & artists, corporations, non-profit organizations, ministries, and bloggers.

Off the Web, we provide publication and promotional services for authors, artists, and other creatives. If can't do it, we can draw from a network of trusted service providers we have established relationships with over the past 20 years.

tl;dr: I am passionate about helping passionate creatives to start a fire and make it grow.

Violinist: Wanigan

September 2016 – Present (12 years 6 months)

Fiddle player, vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the progressive bluegrass band Wanigan. Over the years I've been proud to perform and produce in multiple studio recordings including two albums with worldwide distribution, hundreds of gigs around the Pacific Northwest, and an ever-growing repertoire of original story songs. For more information and watch and listen to our music, visit Reverbnation.com/wanigan

Adjunct Faculty: Lewis-Clark State College

June 2012 – August 2018 (6 years 3 months) Workforce Training

As an expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; and as a veteran website designer and social media marketer I was an adjunct instructor with LCSC Workforce Training, where I taught Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest); Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop (Full Version), The Joy of Vector Painting with Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. My students ranged from employees of local businesses looking to improve their skills to local artists seeking to play with digital media, to special needs students that were looking for fun and a challenge. 

Lead Artist/Art Director: ArtBeat Inc.

August 2014 – June 2018 (3 years 11 months)

At ArtBeat I've created amazing designs for amazing people and have been proud to be part of a team that produced amazing things, from fundraising campaigns for cancer survivors to smokin' hot automotive and car show designs.

I've handled custom art and graphic design for all kinds of screen printed, digital direct-to- garment and embroidered apparel, promotional products, banners and more; design logos and identity packages for businesses, organizations and creative professionals; and provided training and a seasoned eye for their team of artists and illustrators. 

I've created the highest quality simulated process separations from scratch using an efficient and accurate cross-channel selection method that I engineered and developed myself; printed film positives, signed off on press proofs, and helped with quality control.

From the barest glimpse of a big idea to the finished product and beyond, I always strive to provide the best customer service I can to my clients. 

Graphic Designer: Clearwater Paper Corporation

May 2013 – October 2013 (6 months) Lewiston, Idaho

As an employee of Express Employment Professionals in the art department at Clearwater Paper Corporation, I provided quality packaging design, photography, production art and miscellaneous other services for the consumer products division of this leading paper products manufacturer. Applied art to industry diagrammatics, built diagrammatics to industry specifications, accurately proofed art at multiple stages of the design and manufacturing process, and helped to ensure that art complied with industry regulations. Designed signage, banners, flyers, and product sheets. Built high quality product mock-ups for customers and sales representatives, shot products and product mock-ups in an in-house photo studio. Retouched product photos and prepared high quality product renderings for an online product book. Troubleshooted stages of photography and mock-up process and presented alternate product image rendering techniques that resulted in a higher-quality image with less time spent. Provided prompt and friendly communication with customers and sales representatives at all stages of the packaging design process.

Graphic Artist: Moneysaver Printshop

May 2005 – June 2010 (5 years 2 months)

All kinds of graphic, illustrative and commercial design of everything from collateral (brochures, business cards, posters, flyers, stationery, etc.) to newspaper and periodical advertising. Responsible for design and conceptual development of display advertising in the Moneysaver Lewis-Clark and Palouse Editions (weekly free classified newspapers), the Seaport Homefinder and the Whitman County Parade of Homes (real estate periodicals), and assorted other periodicals published by Moneysaver including Let's Get Acquainted, Summer Living, Outdoors, &c.

Art Director / Graphic Artist: Idaho Impressions, Inc.

March 2003 – March 2005 (2 years 1 month)

Provided a wide range of design and production services for a very busy screen printing, embroidery, and sign shop; from sports, organizational, and corporate apparel to advertising specialties and other promotional products. Designed and produced cut vinyl and seriographic applications for signs, banners, and vehicle advertising. Production duties included spot color, traditional process, and simulated process color separations; outputting film positives; cutting vinyl, rubylith, and thermal film.

Energy Assistance Data Entry Technician: Community Action Partnership

November 2002 – January 2003 (3 months)

Performed accurate data entry of all Energy Assistance applications for five Idaho counties and one Washington county; provided friendly customer service and support to applicants and vendors.

Graphic Artist: Digital Color Imaging

September 2000 – September 2001 (1 year 1 month)

Performed a wide range of design, typesetting, consulting, system troubleshooting, and customer support services for a fast paced, full service digital print and sign shop.

Computer Lab / AV Technician: Northwest Christian University

1996 – 1998 (2 years) Eugene, OR

Provided customer tech support and training for students, faculty and staff. Set up, took down and maintained audio and video equipment. Ran lights and sound for various productions.