I began studying art at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and received my BA from Portland State with a major in drawing and painting. Art has always been an important part of my life while I earned my living as an on-the-job trained chef, cooking in many local restaurants and catering companies. I went back to school to study graphic design and received a certificate from Mt Hood Community College. I have worked as a designer since 1998 and discovered a love of branding, type and telling stories visually. I worked as Creative Services Manager for New Seasons Market for 6 years before starting CB Art & Design in 2015. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I've lived in Portland since the TriMet busses were orange – over 30 years. My long history in Portland has connected me to many communities; from farmers and chefs who grow and sell their food to artists, dancers and hunger relief non-profits. I love helping people make their stories visible and am passionate about the power of connecting with an audience both through design and my work as a painter. When I'm not working I love spending time in the garden with my partner Laura and our 5 lb Chihuahua, growing too many vegetables and then figuring out what to cook.