2019: The story so far ...
November. Excited to be working once again with the Vision Gland Art Collective, where I'll be contributing a diorama art piece alongside a crazy roller coaster for E.A.S.T. The diorama is being built at Secret Base Makerspace.
Bear James continues to grow the ability to work on projects specifically relating to kids and families. Thinga is still a thing, but is evolving, and we've again picked up the development a wonderful book series, and on the hunt for an agency and publisher. An unrelated art+recipe publication is in process as well.
Had a great fine art show, Versions, in March at the Gallery at Lewis Carnegie with fellow artist and designer Dan Olsen. I was able to display a ton of Rothkodes that I'd been working on, and had a good old time. February had a fun jaunt to LA with the Greatest Common Factory folks, a photoshoot for client iFly. Did some research and had a good time in Mexico City and Berlin/Munich earlier in the year, and looking forward to Taos later in the season.Skills
Essentially, I'm a creative person that ships. Executive leadership, entrepreneurship, board leadership, public speaking, creative direction, brand strategy, experience design, non-profits, startups, UX, UI, brand workshops, web/mobile, packaging, product, environmental, terrestrial experiences, 3D, digital 2D, concept art, storyboards, graphic design, fine art, and illustration.
Interests, Volunteer, Investment
I'm lucky to be able to incorporate many of my outside interests into my work, including Illustration, adventuring/travel, fine art, engaging kids & families, non-profits and other civic-minded work. I've proudly invested in Stag Provisions, Fleet Coffee, Blue Avocado, and Earthly. Of course I've created and invested in myself: Verde Camp, Dipity, Bear James, Thinga, Givoo, and Brodeo.
Graduated The University of Texas in Austin, and began designing posters and other marketing material at the Performing Arts Center. A year later I started my own illustration and design. During this time, I did some freelance for Virtual Studios which later became Frog Austin. Some of the work I did was drawing icons for a small, no-name company in Sunnyvale, California called Yahoo!
About that same time, I got job offer in the Bay area to do concept art and storyboarding for a small tech company called Simply. I also dressed up in a ping-pong ball suit and became a 3D animated taxi driver in a funky place called Internet the City. After a few months at the end of 1996, I realized that working at Yahoo! was probably the better plan. I worked on so many projects at Yahoo!, it's hard to name them all, but a few of the most notable ones were Yahoo! Kids, Music, Shopping, Autos, Sports, Games, Weather, and a TON of brand and marketing projects. Yahoo's where I got my early UI and UX chops (My work with Yahoo! Kids would later translate to Thinga). One of my earliest projects was some of the first e-greetings ever made online, and I worked on some of the first iconography for mobile phones, drove the Yahoo-mobile, had work in the Smithsonian, and shook hands with George Lucas ... but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
From there, I opened Base Fine Art Gallery which operated full-time for almost four years, and then transitioned to artist studios for another three. We had amazing artists every step of the way, some of who have gone on to incredible success. During this time in San Francisco we projected movies outside in a field overlooking downtown we called the Potrero Walk-Ins. Every week or so for 5 years we showed movies to large crowds of people who participated.
In late 2004 we moved to Austin to have a change and raise a family. Design consulting and art-making continued, as well as the rise of Verde Camp. I started a wonderful little tech venture with some friends named Dipity, an online tool allowing people to explore timelines in new ways. Eventually, I became VP of Design at Spanning Cloud Apps now acquired by EMC/Dell. Of course, the glorious Verde Camp, amazing homes for adventurers and traveling dignitaries was sold in 2017 after 10 years of operation. Emotional but also excited about what's just over the horizon!