In order to spend time focusing on my personal art, I retired from two long careers that I loved, one as a professional artist and the other as a university instructor.
For 15 years I was on the faculty at Michigan State University where I taught creativity and creative problem solving, and how to communicate visually using infographics. Prior to joining academia, I was the Director of Infographics at Newsweek magazine, The Associated Press, The National Sports Daily, and several other news organizations.
I'm a self-taught artist who skipped higher education and went to work right after high school. For a few years I roamed around searching for something I might be able to sink my teeth into. I was a dairy farmer in Vermont, an ESL teacher in Colombia, a carpenter’s helper in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the night manager of several gas stations, including Mobil, Gulf, and Shell, and was a factory Forman in Los Angeles. It wasn't until I moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist that I found my calling.
As an information designer and creative thinker, I consulted with numerous organizations on the topics of visual communication and creative thinking. I have presented at three TEDx talks, at Harvard University's "Political Analytics Conference" and twice at the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology conference on the “Power of Visual Storytelling."