I grew up in Western Washington, surrounded by the briny waters of the Puget Sound. It was a place where dreary weather went for long stretches. Where it rained so frequently we'd say we had webbed feet and learned to call the water falling from the sky, liquid sunshine.
It was a great place to live -- when the sun was out.
During those rainy days as a kid, I would spend hours reading, drawing, or creating anything. I even learned to play an instrument or two along the way.
After high school, I enlisted in the Army. It was a dream of mine to be a real G.I. Joe.
It was an incredible experience with much heartache, achievement, and plenty of personal growth and travel. I worked alongside people from across the world with cultures vastly different from our own and I enjoyed (mostly) every minute of it. After 15 years of service, I was honorably discharged by the Army.
Leaning on my mechanical background, I initially went into aerospace and worked as an Engineering Test Technician. I did this for a few years and did it well, but wasn't happy. I started doing some freelance writing gigs on the side, and soon realized I needed to be creative. In 2016, I left the job market and enrolled in school full-time.
Currently, I live in Vancouver, Washington with my wife and kids while pursuing a Bachelor's in Communications and Media Technology from the Academy of Art University and expect to graduate in December of 2019.