I attended catholic school grades K through 6 in Oregon. This gave me a solid educational foundation so that when I went to public school at grade 7, I was ahead of the rest of the students. Catholic school being what it is, classes in art and music were limited, so when I got to public school, I naturally gravitated towards those disciplines and excelled.
I remember realized as young as 10 that I was an artist! I was always drawing or building or creating something either out of my imagination or through the "John Gnagy Learn To Draw" kit I got for Christmas one year, or building the "learn to knit" kit another year. I loved arts & crafts and everything connected with it. So it was only a natural that I would pursue a carrer in the visual arts.
I was accepted at the School of Art & Design in New York. After a time there, I became restless and simply wanted to travel. So after finishing school I took to the road. After a few years of doing that, the Internet appeared and I began building websites. I learned quickly that a website was like a tree falling in the forest. If no one knew about it, it might as well not exist. So I began offering marketing services to my clients for whom I had built a website. At first it was simple SEO, but grew into banner ads, press release marketing, article marketing and more.
I grew the business and hired a few people full-time, and numerous freelancers for specific work like copywriting, design, and marketing. It was going gangbusters... that is until 2008 hit. The bottom fell out and it was back to myself going solo again. So I learned some new skills like video production as kept up my design and marketing skills.
Around that time social media was coming on strong so I taught my self the ropes in that arena and have added social media marketing to my arsenal of skills So too with my passion for art. I never stopped painting and drawing and have been selling print of my work online.