I’m a painter, photographer, and math nerd. I’m American, spent a couple of years living in London, am married to a Greek man, and live near San Francisco. I also have the two toddlers who spend their days building and destroying the world.
I’ve been working in marketing for years, but I still can’t seem to accept some common marketing wisdom. I know it’s a confusing “brand” message to include my analytics work and my creative work in the same site (this one), and also to share personal/family things here. I’ve thought about this a lot, and the truth is that all of those things are equally part of me. Instead of attempting to present a single-focused, marketing-ish site to “build my brand” and drive business, I choose to use this as a place to present myself on the web. Since I’m an independent contractor/consultant, the truth is that if we work together, you’re working with me, not “my brand”, anyway.
I studied music composition & technology at the University of Montana with Dennis Thurmond. I grew up with (and still have) synesthesia, which surely influenced me greatly as I studied jazz. Melody, harmony, and rhythm are all wrapped up in numerical relationships, and while all music is mathematical, jazz is more immediately accessible as a giant math problem, because the player must interpret and improvise in real-time based on the changing harmonic and rhythmic structures. I am not blessed with a tremendous ear, so I always relied on my real-time math skills for that kind of improvisation.
I’ve traveled extensively (>30 countries), and documented quite a lot of that via my travel photography. There are few things I love more than turning up somewhere with only a rough plan and figuring it out from there. Generally speaking, in life, I love the process of getting my bearings in a new situation and making things work.