John is a resident graphic designer in our Dallas office. He enjoys web design and back-end coding, but he’s most jazzed when focused on illustration or brand identity work.
He grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, where both grandfathers were coalminers. One, in particular, who painted for a hobby, recognized John’s drawing ability and encouraged him to head to a warmer climate where he could explore an art career. John followed that advice to The Art Institute of Tampa, where he earned a BFA in graphic design and multimedia.
A childhood devotee of X-Men, John accomplished a big dream in college by busting into the highly competitive comic book world. Toting his portfolio to graphic novel conventions led him to an editor for Los Angeles-based Boom! Studios, who hired John to draw a series of comic book covers.
Before joining our agency, John provided illustration support for PP&K Advertising in Tampa and spent eight years as the graphic designer for The Crossing Church. Working solo there, he designed everything from billboards to bulletins and even helped film their television commercials. His career began in Orlando with Baker Barrios Architects, providing 3-D animation for site designs and generating the elevation sketches for client proposals.
John landed in Texas via American Airlines, where his wife works as a flight attendant. When she’s in the air, he’s often running on the ground, clocking three to four miles almost every day to tame the creative visions in his head. If you spot him out and about, you might mistake him for Jared Leto. It won’t be the first time.