• Web Design

    New Website Designed: Coastal Arts Enterprises

    Coastal Arts Enterprises serves the San Francisco Bay Area arts community, creating fundraising, gallery shows, corporate art installations, and artist websites and marketing. I not only designed the logo and website, but am also a part of the organization’s marketing, public relations, and digital/social media efforts. We hope to not only support the growth and success of artists in the area, but also help create viable arts communities and organizations. www.CoastalArtsEnterprises.com

  • Web Design

    New Grass-Fed Beef Website Design

    A Northern California ranch that raises grass-fed beef and lamb recently asked me to design a website that would support their efforts to sell online as well as giving members of their monthly clubs a chance to place orders. They wanted a site that felt rustic and simple, like their ranch. Earthy colors, illustrations,  and photography from their lands, kept the mood homey, and a clean and simple layout made things easy to navigate. Simplicity in design amplifies their message of reaching out to people with whom they already have long-term relationships of trust and value. It doesn’t hurt that their meat is the very best, from a health perspective: beef from grass-fed animals has lower levels…

  • Art & Design Projects

    Photographic Portraits of Famous Artist’s Paint Palettes by Matthias Schaller

    Since 2007, photographer Matthias Schaller has photographed raw, abstract paintings. The paintings, however, are not found on canvas, but rather smeared onto the tools used to craft each work of art—the palettes. His series, Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece), claims these behind-the-scene objects as portraits of the artist, while also giving a direct insight into the detailed techniques performed by each painter. See more, here…    

  • Art & Design Projects

    Ashes and Snow: Gregory Colbert’s Dreamlike Photographs

    “Gregory Colbert believes that there is a shared desire for all species to participate in one universal conversation. He sees nature as the greatest storyteller of all and himself as an apprentice to nature. His works are collaborations between humans and other animals that express the shared poetic sensibilities of all species. “Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project comprised of photographic artworks, a one-hour film and two short film “haikus,” and a novel in letters all presented in a purpose-built temporary structure called the Nomadic Museum. “Colbert’s images, visceral yet dreamlike, return us to a place we long for but cannot name. His photographs and films reawaken an ancient…

  • Thoughts & Quotes

    On Writing

    I’m reminded of Stephen King’s Prime Rule of Writing: “Read a lot and write a lot.” Here’s more— Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. [This book] is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be…

  • Web Design

    New Winery Website Designed

    I was delighted to work in the Napa Valley for over a decade, producing marketing and public relations for Schramsberg Vineyards and Mumm Cuvée Napa, as well as representing the French houses of Champagne Perrier-Jouët and Champagne Mumm. So any time I get an opportunity to work with a wine-related business, I’m a happy camper. Enter Sumner Vineyards, a Northern California producer of 100% estate wines—Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Gris. They needed a winery website, plus some social media support, and we put our heads together and got working on creative ideas. You can see our results over at www.SumnerVineyards.com.