Helping people take an empty space - a blank canvas - and transform it into something that engages, educates, showcases, motivates and entertains is why I am here. Creating something from nothing and transforming space is my life's work.
For more than twenty years I have been exploring and mastering the way people experience their environment. This includes specialty in production design, art direction, interior design, theater and graphics. My project work is diverse and includes hundreds of creative solutions for television commercials, cable network shows, corporate meeting and video sets, exhibits, live event staging and theme interiors. I have embraced creative and technical roles that range from independent source to contributing partner.
My designs have been showcased for such entities as Showtime, Great American Country, Jewelry Television, Comcast, PNC Bank, Pfizer, Merck, PECO, 3M, AT&T, and Fidelity Investments. I have had the good fortune of work published in Event Design and Broadcast Engineering magazines and being awarded the Gold Pinnacle Award by the International Festival & Events Association. And, I have been integral in the management and successful growth of three creative service companies.
My design interests started at a very early age when I began building elaborate dimensional streetscapes out of cardboard boxes recycled from a family business warehouse. At age ten I helped design our family custom home and began to spend endless hours working on sets for local theater. My first paying job was at age thirteen working for a recognized architectural model maker and then progressing with many other creative adventures prior to any formal design education.
I went on to receive a Bachelor of Interior Design degree with concentration in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The bridge to my professional career was an invitation to be Creative Director for an international cosmetic company. I have served on boards of directors and been an active member of various industry associations. Additionally, I have enjoyed being a guest speaker at numerous design schools and industry programs. I am also an author/editor of two books and the Founder of a non-profit.
My roots in architecture and theater inspire design for all of our senses. An imaginative spirit is part of my every day life. Listening, exploring and engaging provoke strong concepts at the core of my professional work. I think design disciplines have few boundaries - a well-trained and experienced designer can create anything.