Maps have captivated my interest my whole life. I fondly remember my dad’s towering stacks of old National Geographic magazines he kept in our basement. I’d search for the map supplements, unfold them, study them and tape them all over the walls of my bedroom. I’d lie on my bed and stare at them, imagining I was there to explore far-away places and long-forgotten times.
Several decades later I am now working with clients all over the world to design and illustrate maps that make a difference. I work in a wide range of styles, media and techniques, to match the personality of the content and the needs of the client.
I’m based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next to the fifth-largest freshwater lake in the world. I’m lucky to live near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, home to the American Geographical Society Library which contains over 1.3 million items supporting map instruction, research and learning. In 2019 I was invited to give a talk about the history of illustrated maps.
When I’m not designing maps, I’m very likely reading about them or using them to explore new places and new cultures. I live to travel and enjoy outdoors adventure (which almost always involves a map), and am always on the lookout for the next cool map to add to my collection.
I’d love to work with you to illustrate a custom map that best fits your needs and vision. If you have an idea for an illustrated map for your own project, send me a message and let’s talk about it!