Howdy gang. I figure it wouldn't be a bad idea to tell you a little about
myself. To start off, when most people see "gator" they think of Florida. I
call south west Louisiana home, Sulphur to be exact. And yes, our little
town is named for the mineral sulphur, or sulfur, which ever you prefer.
Back in the early 1900's, the Frasch process of mining sulfur was created
right here. Pretty cool, huh.
Now a bit about me. I'm a commercial artist who learned the sign painting
trade from my dad. I'm proud to call myself a sign painter because I grew
up learning how hand letter signs. After high school, I attended McNeese
State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. While I was in college, I
began doing sign design work in my father's sign shop. While in school, I
got my first computer, a Mac SE, for school work.
While on winter break, I introduced my father to the world of computer
designed advertising. Up until that time, all of our artwork and lettering
were hand drawn. In 1990, he purchased his first computer and vinyl
cutter for the shop. When he retired in the late 1990's, I took over the
business. My dad was as superb of a business man as he was a sign
professional. I, on the other hand, was much better at the art and
production side than as a salesman.
I closed the shop in 2001 to go to work for the Calcasieu Parish Police
Jury as the Creative Services supervisor and commercial artist. What's a
Police Jury you ask? Well, it's just like the county commissioners office,
only instead of counties in Louisiana, we have parishes.
On a personal note, I've been married to the most wonderful wife for the
last 23 years. Renee is my best friend. In 2004, we were blessed with
the birth of our son, Ian. Along with art and scale modeling, I, along with
Renee, are animal rescuers. Our three German Shepherds are all
rescues, two of which are trained medical service animals, one for my
son and one for myself.
|My beautiful wife, Renee.