I have been in the out-of-home media industry for over 30 years. From operating a crane, to hand lettering, to digital billboards, to computer design, there have been a lot of changes. I started working on computers in 1982 with a Commodore 64. I have font files now that are  larger than the entire operating system of that computer. I code in PHP, HTML, Visual Basic and Javascript. I started hand painting signs in 1998 on wooden sections for Gannett Outdoor after installing signs for 15 years. Then we transitioned to canvas flexes that had to be pre-treated with primer before painting. We used full lead-based paint back then. I realized that if they can roll up a sign like that it wouldn't be long until someone invented a printer that could print on it. Sure enough, we started receiving pre-printed vinyl signs for installation on our structures. I thought that this may be an opportunity to get back on a computer to do some designing. Within 3 years, 7 painters at our shop became just one that knew how to use a computer. Me. The rest, as they say, is history.


Some time at Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall School of Art & Design. Never graduated...

I always enjoyed art. My mother was a very talented oil painter of the starving artist caliber. I always was encouraged to draw and paint. I air-brushed on vehicles for a while, but made no money. After working for 10 years at PennCentral and ConRail railroads as an electrician, I was laid off. A wife, mortgage and 3 kids certainly is motivation to make some money. I finally landed a job at Gannett and low and behold I was back around something that need painting.


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Always working on many projects. Currently running at about 2 weeks turn time.