Child-like wonder is essential.

A constant curiosity about the workings of the world has given me a rather broad spectrum of knowledge.

History has always been a passion, particularly art history. I often find that learning the history of art is like learning the history of the world, because you can’t understand a painting if you don’t understand the context in which it was painted. Studying the principles of composition and abstraction also give immeasurable insight into how to create good design for communication.

As a fine artist, I enjoy sketching the human form and landscapes, typically in pencil. Trained in an academic style, my pleasure in this hobby is derived from seeing a close match between reality and the paper. Paul Calle, an artist who’s books I read as a young man, and Chuck Richards, my college art professor, bore a strong influence on my attention to detail and style.Philosophy and mythology are two other core interests that inform my work. Learning about the different viewpoints that have been held and how they manifested as as a zeitgeist has always fascinated me for its ability to give insight into the psychology of how information is transmitted.

In the end, I’m just a kid who can’t get enough, and my interests are always evolving and informing me. Being childlike is an important ability in and of itself, to keep one grounded and humble, and less willing to take things for granted.