I produce visual communications for the college and its departments, ensuring that the achievements of our faculty, staff and students are represented in a high quality, consistent, and inclusive way. My work can be found throughout campus, Bellingham, and beyond.
Once upon a time...
As a Bellingham native I simultaneously grew up on a floral farm in the county, and in the home studio of a Graphic Artist in town. I tended and cleaned up after farm animals, gardened, harvested and dried plants, and moved from drawing on the walls to creating mailers with professional design equipment. I cozied up to a Stat camera (just like this one) in the darkroom on hot summer nights, and developed a hobby of digital illustration whenever the computers were idle. Starting in High School, I spent 15 years in commercial printing, evolving from manual paste-up to fixing customer files, creating workflow automation, making marketing materials and managing the company website, managing Prepress, and visiting K-12 schools throughout Whatcom County to teach design and printing to yearbook classes, teachers, and parent helpers. During the same time I also had a freelance business doing graphic design, fine arts, writing, and event coordination. I joined the WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts marketing team in 2013.
AAS degree in Graphic Design from Whatcom Community College
2 years in the Design program at Western Washington University
BS in Information Technology/Multimedia & Visual Communications from University of Phoenix online
Playfulness is vital to creativity (proven in studies!), and creativity is vital to problem solving. I encourage a little playtime in every day: whether it's playing with toys at the desk, gaming, exploring the outdoors, tinkering, or wearing something silly. There's always fun and inspiring activities in the CFPA! Some days my socialite senior dog accompanies me to campus with her "Free Hugs" vest to fulfill her unofficial role of CFPA Marketing Mascot and to check up on the outdoor sculptures.