I was born in 1973 and grew up riding bmx bikes, skateboards, spray painting walls and getting into a normal, expected amount of trouble. As a military brat, I moved around a lot, it made sense that I later traveled the country many times over playing in bands. Time was spent in Richmond Virginia for fine art school at VCU and I graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia near the top of my class. I have been an Art Director more times than can be counted on one hand, less than two hands (including both The Willamette Week and The Stranger newspapers). I have designed hundreds of CD/record covers, posters and t-shirts for musical groups around the globe. After being the Art Director at Southern Lord Records for a few years in LA, I packed up and came back to my home: Portland, Oregon, Northwest America.
Sometimes you do an illustration for the one and only Katy Perry. Yup, that happened.
Perry has received various awards, including four Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award, and has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011–2018. Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million. She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released an autobiographical documentary titled "Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012", and voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film "The Smurfs" and its sequel in 2013. Perry also began serving as a judge on American Idol in 2018.
Much stoke in designing—and using my own arial photographs for—the new studio project release, Yama-Uba. Japanese for "mountain witch", I thought that Mother Nature seen as an erupting volcano was a great visual for this abrasive record. Listen here and pick up a physical copy of the compact disc here.
The hand-numbered rerelease of Lumbar's "First & Last Days of Unwelcome" vinyl came out awesome. I'm happy to have not only designed it, but also taken all the photos for the release. Pick one up before they're gone here.