Who am I? I am a storyteller—and, while that's a single characteristic it encompasses all of my life.
I believe that storytelling is a way of life. I find it in the conversations we share, in the work that we do, when we are at the bank and need to explain our frustrations.
Storytelling is the primal driver of life ("In the beginning")—that, when denied, creates a chasm of confusion, disorder, and dysfunction. When, however, we embrace this part, this characteristic, we bring clarity, order, and healing to ourselves and those around us.
I often get asked, "Do you do art and storytelling full-time?" Yes—but, I don't draw and create stories full-time. My primary job is a User Experience Designer. User Experience Design is a story that we create to tell users of products how they can accomplish a task or enjoy a product. The best products speak to us and compel us to feel something. The worst ones don't know their story—and if they do, it is jumbled, buried, and confused.
After work I make up stories to tell my kids. Typically, my kids are the first to hear a story—usually on the fly—long before it's ever written down. I do this because, I believe that the oral tradition is the best form of storytelling—followed by comics, picture books, and visual tales. With my family, I carve out time to draw pictures and turn them into stories that I hope inspire and are true. True tales aren't always fact-based stories. They are tales that tell us true things like: a dragon can be defeated.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
From the epigraph from Coraline by Neil Gaiman, 2004
Who am I? In short, I am a husband, father, Christian. I dig reading, drawing, and writing short stories, myths, and adventures.