Currently teaching at Truman State University, as an Associate Professor in the Visual Communications concentration were I have taught intro to advance courses and Foundations.
As a designer I work in many areas of Visual Communication from print, web, motion and animation. In past few years my work has been directed towards photographic manipulated imagery. This work incorporates layers of textural and organic imagery that draws upon my interest in decaying architecture, nature and the Mid-Western landscape in which I live. This imagery, rich in personally derived symbolism, is organized into mystical and mysterious landscapes. While the stories created in the work are not explicit, I incorporate symbols that, like signposts, encourage the viewer to navigate the implied narratives in their own way, based on their own personal experience. This work recently has been exhibited in Regional, National and International shows.
Before coming to Truman, I taught at Emporia State University, as an Assistant Professor and Head of the Graphic Design area. I was responsible for teaching all of the Graphic Design courses at Emporia State University. In my beginning-level courses, I helped students understand the visual language of design, through hands on projects using traditional and digital media. In intermediate courses, students develop further knowledge of the software, as well as learn professional printing processes. My hope is that students start becoming self-aware and begin to develop their own aesthetic. In the upper division courses, I emphasize theoretical practice as well facilitate the building of their portfolio to prepare them for a career in a corporate environment.
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