A working designer and artist for over a decade, I am currently a full-time visual artist and Director of Creative Services for Zendustria, a neo-Renaissance guild of artists and designers dedicated to bringing art and design to home and office. I also maintain the R&D blog TellTaleVisions (www.telltalevisions.com), which serves as a design theory, project discussion, and artist spotlight venue. I hold both a Bachelor of Industrial Design and Bachelor of Art + Design from the School of Design at NC State University with a focus on film special effects, model making, production, and history. During my education, I was fortunate to have the tutelage of effects masters from ILM in model making and effects production. I also studied Renaissance art, art history, and architecture at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, and extensive travel throughout Europe, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria informs my work.
Prior to Zendustria, I worked at Epic Games, Inc., studied game development, game design, concept art, and level design using the Unreal Engine suite of development tools, and took part in a character and story development master class with PIXAR’s Matthew Luhn. Over the course of my career, I have utilized my skills to serve a variety of local companies, including Mobility Medics, where I did custom design and fabrication of special-needs parts for patients. With the software company Animated Communications, I produced character designs and concepts, 2D and 3D backgrounds for use with bluescreening, and scripts for short videos. I executed season launch packages, posters, film festival collateral, print ads, t-shirt designs, and more for the historic Carolina Theatre of Durham. Additionally, I performed freelance design work for promotional companies, entertainment venues, and caterers, and applied my product and rendering skills for Willow Tree Landscaping, where I worked as a junior designer.
Originally from the small town of Shelby, NC, I now call the Triangle home. Art remains a part of my everyday life and I am constantly on the hunt for new ways to contribute to the artistic community at large. Having always had an interest in teaching, I have recently lectured at several NC middle and high schools, and even done special art projects with pre-K students at a private preschool. I see this as building toward a tradition of many more guest lectures and private art classes in my future, in an effort to give something back to our cultural and artistic legacy.