About Mike


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IAlt Text was fortunate to know my career path since I was five years old. As a kid I was obsessed with drawing monsters and dinosaurs. Through high school I was known as the shy “kid who could draw.” That led to The College of Visual Arts where I earned a BFA in Illustration and Design. 

My career began as the Lead Illustrator at an art studio and from there began an insatiable curiosity to learn every thing I could about design and software – from 3D modeling, DVD/CD interactive design and animation to website design and art direction.

Currently I am an Art Director at an ad agency in Bloomington and live in Burnsville with my beautiful wife Katina, unbelievably sweet daughter Raina, Spanky the little pug and Cookie the big giant bulldog.


Software experience

I finished art school when desktop publishing was beginning to grab a foothold on the industry, so I’ve been there pretty much from the beginning. The Galactic Skill Bar is just a goofy way to show a portion of the things I’ve learned over the past 20+ years.

With how fast the industry moves forward, it’s hard to say “expert” on any given software package or CMS, but staying on top of things is one reason why this industry is so exciting!

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THE GALACTIC SKILL BAR

Photoshop
95%
Indesign
95%
Illustrator
90%
Wordpress
75%
Dreamweaver
70%
Additional Adobe Creative Cloud Products
65%
Other Stuff
60%
Joomla
30%
Heavy metal and horror movies
100%