I am a twenty-five-year-old recent college graduate looking to pursue a career in the field of Graphic Design/Web Design. I graduated in May 2010 from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Graphic Design).
I eat, breathe, and live sports. I can't imagine my life without them. I'm a lifelong Minnesota Gophers, Vikings, and Twins fan, with a fair-weather itch for the Wild and T-Wolves. I grew up playing on numerous traveling basketball and softball teams year-round playing tournaments locally and nationally. Even though traveling athletics took up the majority of my hours, I still found time to take piano lessons for twelve and half years. Throughout the intense years of early morning lessons, saturday recitals, and two-hour practices on our home piano with an occasional outburst of tears, I was taught to appreciate the gift of music and the all of it's possibilities.
Even though sports and music had been an integral part of my upbringing, after my fourth year of college, I had to give up the competing days to focus on my studies. It was at this time that I realized my potential as a graphic designer. Since then, graphic design and web design have become my new outlet for creative expression.
This portfolio represents some of the freelance websites I have created as a freelance artist along with a variety of my newest posters and illustrations. I have around fourteen freelance websites that i have created in all, ranging from athletic teams and professional snowboarders to small businesses and restaurants. In this portfolio, I selected my strongest five site designs. I hope you enjoy and feel free to e-mail me with comments, questions...or concerns?
Artist Statement Spring 2010
"Through the world of graphic design, I was introduced to the many possibilities of illustration. Illustration intrigues me because I am able to transfer my passion for athletics, music, and pop culture into my pieces where energy, force, aggression, and action are symbolized in vibrant urban imagery.
As a whole, my work ranges from design for print production to design for the web. Currently, my collection stands as an assortment of pop culture illustrations ranging from famous athletes to past and current musicians. Each piece begins based off of a carefully selected photograph. After studying prominent facial and anatomical features, I continue my design by manipulating and arranging several simple vectors to combine a unique yet recognizable figure. The final part of my process is the addition of appropriate colors and textures to help bring the piece together as a whole. In the end, I strive to keep my illustrations simple yet artistically interesting.
The iconic propaganda artwork of Shepard Fairey has influenced my own illustration work tremendously. What drew me most to Fairey’s work was the unique stencil style he uses to portray recognizable renderings of politicians and celebrities. Fairey’s use of elaborate textures, bold lines, and stylized stencil images are characteristics I aim to emulate into my own work."