I studied art and philosophy at Clemson University, where I graduated cum laude in 2005. I got involved with the visual arts in 2001 and discovered my affection for color, texture, and painting in 2002. I began doing freelance web design & development in 2004, and since 2006 that been my primary source of income. Presently, I am active as a painter, somewhat active as a photographer, and nostalgic about thrown pottery.
When people ask me what "I do," I typically try to minimize my career. There is a part of me that delights in flustering expectations, so when someone asks me what I do, I prefer to wiggle a bit and center my identity on my role as a lover of God and people rather than my roles as an artist and web developer. Having said that...
Without God, the Father of Jesus, my life would be a puddle of muck. Here is how I might describe myself were it not for Him rescuing me from the destructive things which I once preferred: fiercely arrogant yet deeply insecure; profoundly enslaved to a need to be right, justified, and superior to others; severe; exploitative of friendships; hyper-critical of others; entitled; neurotically egocentric and vain; enslaved to approval from others; sexually unsatisfiable and lascivious; not loyal to any relationship; truly excellent at convincing anyone of my nobility and your fault; utterly out of sync with the reality within which we all live, breathe, and move; and synchronizing myself more and more with an American culture which, on the basis of its own misery, has no authority or expertise on how to live well.
Mmm. How wonderful that what you just read is my epitaph! My new life is very different now, courtesy of a living God-man named Jesus, who is my King and my Brother. Sorry to freak you out with my crazy Jesus jabber, but best I can tell, you should be punting my gonads if I'm gonna try and sit here and write out a quick summary of my life without giving Him credit up front. I'd have no integrity at all if I didn't acknowledge Him outright.
Life today is flippin' exotic and loaded with joy and grace and peace. I love wading deeper into what it means to live a life devoted to Jesus and others. He is so worthy of being pursued, and I do this very much in tandem with others. One of my biggest joys is seeing the people I love be freed and taken closer to wholeness, and I get to see it continuously. I have this great job / self-employment thing where I work at home as an artist and web developer in such a way that I am able to give my time and resources to others liberally. God has immersed me in a family of beautiful sisters and brothers who inspire me and care for me as I care for them, and I absolutely delight in this.
Life is very musical for me. I love to listen to music, and I love to hit things in rhythm. My preference for music is matched by my preference for quiet, and I spend a generous amount of time without noise, which I guess is a wee bit odd. When the weather is suitable, I love to casually longboard and observe trees. I love doing things with my hands, too. I love building things, repairing things, and creating things with my hands. I love to be interested in things, fascinated by things, and learning things. I can also eat cookies like a maniac - providing they are delicious.
So there. I hope you don't mind, but I just don't feel compelled to keep writing about myself. Perhaps we can hang sometime and continue this in person? I'd love to learn about you and talk about God with you. Feel free to email me about whatever. And if you're considering hiring me, do it *jedi hand motion*.