Squinting into a bright future.

I grew up in Wyoming. My attraction to turbulent and expansive skies was shaped there. Not my politics, however. I have traveled, but just enough to feel humbled,
not worldly.

In my late 20s, I went back to school for my own impractical reasons and received a Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology. My dissertation explored what happens when the hero’s journey encounters the older pattern of the descent myth within film. Although it is rare, I am still deeply moved by this encounter and feel it reflects a deeper urge within our culture to wrestle with two opposite and compelling narrative paths.

I put myself through grad school as a production artist, freelancing for different San Francisco ad agencies and lucked into a position at the Pacific Film Archive, which opened the door to the San Francisco International Film Festival and working on their promotional materials. After graduation, I interviewed at FCB Healthcare, and fell for the world of healthcare advertising. I never left.

For fun and to keep my mind sharp, I have been known to take my wild ideas to the microphone and perform stand-up comedy. Beyond branding products that help save lives, there’s just nothing like getting a room full of strangers to think about the same thing and then share a laugh.

I take the work of creating very seriously. I am endlessly fascinated by the power of visual metaphor. I think in pictures and stories. Getting paid to think up new ideas and create something from them is, in my opinion, one of the best jobs in the world.