I'm a motion graphics artist and illustrator by trade. I've done work as an automotive photo-retoucher and graphic designer too. And I also teach digital art and animation at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. I have worked in the visual arts medium in southeast Michigan for over 15 years. And I am a terrible cook, but I'm working on that.
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. I've loved art ever since I bought my first Batman comic book and saw my first Looney Tunes cartoon. I never knew you could have a career in art until I met my Doodle-head partner and wife, Deanna, who introduced me to the Commercial Art courses at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University (I was studying to be a fireman at the time... really).
My first job in the profession I owe to a man by the name of "Ron" who was a regular at the restaurant I tended bar at. He got me a shot at interviewing at MSX International, an engineering company with an industrial design and graphics department. I worked throughout that company for about six years, and then moved on to marketing and advertising at Aspen Marketing Services (Thank you, Pam). After several years there, I got a shot at working for The Quintek Group as a lead artist and motion designer and I leapt on the chance with both feet.
Thanks to "Prof B" and "PlanetMatt", I got a chance in early 2002 to part-time teach art classes in the same department that I used to be a student in. It was very gratifying to be able to help others in the Macomb MACA department the way I was helped in trying to break into this crazy industry. In fact, my wife and I still help out there from time to time (she's a teacher there, as well) and I sometimes reference classes that I teach in the samples that I post.
I could say more about myself, but I can hear the internet snoring, so I better stop.