born: February, 1954
I have always been drawing, painting or doing something creative,
I sort of mark 1976 as the begining. From then till the end of 1984,
was when most of my original paintings and drawings were done. Those
early times involved shows of my original
paintings in Ontario and later in BC and In 1983, formed BEYOND
GRAPHIX, to help market my original art. My
first daughter was born at the end of 1984 and after that, I eventually
moved into more commercial work.
1987 I moved from Vancouver, to the Sunshine Coast, near Gibsons,
BC, and added sign painting, designing logos and screen printing
to my work.
1988 I started as a cut and paste artist for a weekly community
paper in Gibsons BC. (The Sunshine Coast News). During my 4 year
stay there I became familiar with all facets of newspaper production
in the old "cut and paste" method. This also included
the operation of a Robertson 480 Linestack Camera, developing the
18"x23" negatives, opaquing and stripping in colour. I
gained some experience with the editorial and front office. In 1990
I became Production Manager during the Christmas rush just after
Macintosh computers were brought in with industry standard publishing
programs. Right after the Christmas rush, I received computer training
and became proficient in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, and
designed a time saving Quark XPress template to handle the classifieds
for both papers. Later that year, a
second paper was added to the weekly schedule.
working for the Sunshine Coast News, I also worked part time for
Randy Chodak, Art Director of the Beach Combers TV series during
the last 3 years it was running. I did special effects
painting, sign and set painting.
November 1992, I left the Coast News and made BEYOND GRAPHIX a full
time job. I invested in the necessary Macintosh and compatible equipment
and since then, some of my logos have gained international recognition.
In early 1995 I contracted out to Coast Creative Printing &
Design in Sechelt to help them trim time from the production of
a weekly ad and leisure paper and a monthly magazine. Within 2 months
my training and changes to production helped to trim enough hours
from their production time that they no longer needed an extra production
person (which was me).
moved on in September 1995 to start Northern
Light Publishing Inc., a bi-weekly community style newspaper
(9,500 copies) in a 6 column 11.5" x 17.5" tabloid format.
Three months after starting my paper, The Powell River Peak, backed
by the Lower Mainland Newspaper Group moved in, and immediately
got into a price war with the "Powell River News", the
other establish paper. Northern Light was caught in the cross fire
and had to close.
1996 I have lived in Grand Forks BC, spent 1 1/2 years with another
broadsheet newspaper, the Castlegar Sun, where I won the first page
layout and design awards the paper had. I was an integral part of
their change over to complete digital transfer of their broadsheet
newspaper to the printer.
By 1999 I had left the Castlegar Sun and revived Beyond Graphix.
I designed the logo and other advertising material for the local
service provider (Sunshine
Communications) and soon added website design to my services.
order to advertise and market my talents and establish myself in
Grand Forks, I started and ran for 1 1/2 years, a booklet style,
local news publication called the OpenMinder.
I solicited and designed the ads, did publication layout, interviewed
for stories, typeset, published, folded and delivered 1000 copies
every 2 weeks.
2001 I worked with Cannabis Research Institute designed all the
graphics, worked out flow charts, and presentation material for
the bid on the government contract to grow the first crop of medical
I am also head of the team that has designed proprietary
equipment for the roulette table.
in Grand Forks that has high speed fiberoptic cable, makes it easy
for me as a graphic artist, to stay in touch around the globe and
not compromise a quality lifestyle.
June of 2002 till May 2004 I took on the title of Art Director/Production
Manager for CANNABIS
HEALTH which allowed me to bring together my graphic and publishing
experience to produce a top quality magazine with the design of
the Anniversary Issue #7, winning a Silver Award at the 2004 Summit
Creative Awards. SummitAwards
issue #10 I took a 3 issue leave of absence from Canabis Health.
During the Summer I designed posters,
ads & website for the "Festival of Freedom in the Forks,
which I continued with for 2005 & 2006. In the fall, of 2004,
started production on the "Welcome
to the Boundary and Beautiful Kettle River Valley. This was
a 48 page glossy vistor information magazine with a 4 page centre
fold out map of the Trans Canada Trail with a topographical background
and many other features. Beyond Graphix redesigned the guide and
published it again in 2005.
the fall of 2006 to spring 2008 Renna Hoolsema added her photographic
and design eye-deas and skills to the production of the 2006/7 visitor
guide also took on advertising sales. The magazine went up to 56
pages in the 3rd year.
in production of the 2004/5 Visitor Guide, I took on Cannabis
Health Journal again which continued for 8 more issues before
closing with the March/April 2006 issue.
2007 I moved my buisness from my home to an office inside Copy Cat
Printing, in downtown Grand Forks, which has added a lot of walk-in
traffic and exposure for my buisness.
of 2008 I produced for the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament,
their 32 page full colour glossy program, website and ad banners
around the park.
have only been able to mention some of the highlights of my career.
There are many more things I have done, including web
design, labels, logos
and much more. Enjoy your tour thru my site and please come back
again soon as there is always something new to see.
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