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Summary

Everything is covered in ink. Ink, and a story. Throughout my life I’ve been fascinated by the stories created by artists. Sure, I was glued to the television as kid. And I’ve read too many comics. But these artists’ ability to convey story and character has driven me to do the same. Whether it’s expressing realism or cartoons via ink, I aim to capture story and imagination with every stroke.

Work History

Jan 2014Present

Comic Artist/Creator

Self Employed

I created the series Champions, based in Sioux Falls. I also do live art and commissions with pencils and ink.

Jan 2016Present

AISC Resident Artist

South Dakota Arts Council

I work with schools and non-profits, teaching storytelling and comics. I aim to empower others with the ability bring their imagination to life through storytelling, character creation, and making their own comics using industry standards.

January 2017Present

Speakers Bureau

South Dakota Humanities Council

I offer Chautauquas on the impact of comics in our society.

Oct 2015May 2016

Substitute Teacher

Sioux Falls School District

I substitute teach for art, english, computer, and many other classes throughout the 35 schools in our district. This also includes working closely with elementary students in the after school program, Kid's Inc.

Jul 2014Oct 2015

Project Manager

Net Pistol

Create and edit graphics for web and print, manage Crytico.com, team management, build and edit Wordpress sites.

Education

Sep 2006May 2012

Bachelors of Science

Dakota State University

Digital Arts and Design

Residencies

Gregory School District | July 2016

I worked with the school on a summer art elective with K-7th grade. We covered storytelling, single panel, and comic strips to create a book for the school's library.

Messy Hands Art Camp | July 2016

I camped for two weeks at the Vermilion Area Arts Council and worked with K-8th grade on storytelling, single panel, strips, and homemade comic books for a children's gallery.

Anne Sullivan | November 2016

I came into the Sioux Falls elementary school and worked with 4th-5th graders on storytelling, single panel, and comic strips to create a book for the school's library.

Sisseton School District | November 2016

I worked with the elementary school and k-5th grade to create nearly 400 single panel comics for school-wide display.

St Joseph's Indian School | December 2016

I, and two native artists, came into the Chamberlain, SD, school to work with resident native children on cultural pieces that represented their own lives as well as the phrase Mni Wiconi (water is life). 7th-8th graders collaborated on creating an anthology comic of their own stories, as well as a mural on stretched canvas.

Castlewood High School | March 2016

I was welcomed to Castlewood to work with 7th-12th graders on becoming better storytellers and create characters from a more objective perspective. Students each created their own characters and biographies.

Washington Pavilion Comics and Mural Art Camps | June 2017

In two weeks I taught kids about comics, comic art, and storytelling. Twelve students created their own mini-comics. In one week a small group of students and I created a mini-mural on stretch canvas. Students chose a tryptic of colors that represented Sioux Falls, and proceeded to create images of downtown. The piece was given to the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Action Arts and Science | 2017/2018 School Year

Working with 12 to 14 year olds at the Washington Pavilion, we are creating a tryptic of three banners to present to the Heisler Chemical Dependency Center. The group is challenged to create slingshots, marble roller coasters, catapults, and other contraptions to create their mini-mural.

Exhibits & Work Presence

COMICS

Champions | Issue #1 on shelves May 7th, 2016

Champions Issue 2 | on shelves September 16th, 2017


WEBCOMICS

The Tide That Returns | June 2015 -2017 

Little Alice: The Forces of Evil (website now defunct) | 2011 - 2014

MAJOR CLIENTS

Pine Finders | Sketch Artist | 2014 - Present

Creative Metal Solutions | Web Designer | May 2015 - Present

EVENTS

Nanocon XII | Live Sketching | November 7th - 9th 2014

Riverfest | Live Sketching | August 15th, 2015

Art Collective X | Live Sketching | July 6th, 2015

First Friday | Live Sketching at Exposure/JAM | June 5th, 2015, July 10th 2015

Nanocon XIII | Live Sketching | November 6th - 8th 2015

Sioux Falls ArtMart | Selling Prints & Sketching | November 28th 2015

Champions Inked & Unedited | Art Gallery | February 2016 - March 2016

SiouxperCon 2016 | Artist Panel | April 16th, 2016

Anime Alpha ConLive Sketching/Selling Comics | June 4th-5th, 2016

Lucky's Pop Up Art Show | Live Sketching/Selling Comics | August 22nd, 2016

SiouxperCon 2017 | Artist Panel & Artist Alley | May 12th-14th, 2017

ChapelCon | Artist Alley | July 22nd-23rd, 2017

Minnesota Fanfest | Artist Alley | August 19th-20th, 2017

Madison Area Arts Council Champions Pre-Release | Presenting Artist | September 14th, 2017

Champions Release at Last Stop CD Shop | Presenting Artist | September 16th, 2017

Bibliography & Texts

Community Teaching

2014-2015, The Art of Storytelling, Sioux Falls Community Education

2014-2015, Basics of Comics, Sioux Falls Community Education

November 7th, 2014, Guest Speaker at South East Technical Institute

October 10th, 2013, Guest Speaker at Washington High School Anime/Manga Club

July 2016, Youth Storytelling Class at the Bakery in Sioux Falls