Artist To Author
Even when I was a child, I knew I had a natural artistic talent and was always looking for ways to express my creativity. Over the years I spent a lot of time developing and nurturing my skills. I did my research, went to art schools, listened to professional artists, and after years of working in advertising agencies and corporate companies I have become recognized as a leading artist and designer in the industry.
I am best known for creating the detailed educational illustrations for U-Haul International, one of the most iconic and recognized brands in North America. I began rebranding the company in 1997 by producing the "Venture Across America/Canada" (modern series). For over 15 years from 1997 to 2013, I took the graphic program to heights never before reached with over the top vector illustrations and highly detailed scientific facts. The series became a highly recognized educational program by teachers, universities, scientists, historians and major art institutes. I no longer work or represent the company and moved on to bigger and better ventures.
Among my many recognitions as the creator of the
U-Haul "Supergraphics", I have been highlighted in the Adobe Illustrator WOW Book which showcases the world’s best artists and designers working in Adobe Illustrator, a guest on the morning talk show: "Seeing The Need" with–Phil McILveen, featured in The Charlotte Observer: how drive-by trivia come to pass, highlighted in many science and nature magazines, and acclaimed in the local papers representing each state & province.
After creating the entire fleet imaging ad campaign for U-Haul, I realized while working directly with leading scientists on these educational illustrations, I was inspired to write my own picture books to make learning fun while helping children understand science.
The inspirational concept "following your dreams" encourages us not to stay content in our safe box, but to make a leap, to follow the passion that would drive us. Of course, this is a lot harder said than done and requires a lot of failing and rising. It was this inspirational mainstay that made me always understand that I was never happy working for corporations and the insecure micromanagers that make their staff miserable.
I began working on my book immediately while hopping around job-to-job. I spent a couple of years working as the lead graphic designer and illustrator for the best selling author, Robert Kiyosaki. Among my many works for him, I Illustrated and designed the new game board Cashflow, the board game USA Today calls "Monopoly on Steroids" and New York Times says "Move over Monopoly". https://www.richdad.com/apps-games/cashflow-boardgame Other experiences throughout my career included creating innovative tournament games for international slots for Everi and top casinos across America, and I am managing the creative art team at Kangaroo Toy Manufacturing to create custom toys and consumer products. While working there, I designed an exclusive T-Rex pool float for Universal Studio’s new line of licensed merchandise for their blockbuster movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
I finally completed my book but I found that trying to get a publisher was a little taxing and spent a couple of years sending out a lot of query letters. From there I decided to self publish...