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I am a graphic designer, artist, college professor, and evangelist for orange. I've created work for universities, hospitals, country musicians, and film production companies, among others. Won some ADDY awards and stuff along the way. Now my days are spent training the next generation of designers. And, my nights? Well, they’re spent playing with letterpress type, ink, mags, and my Mac with some chocolate chip cookies close by my side.

What's Happening.

Artclectic in October!

I'll be selling numbered and signed archival prints and greeting cards from my Animal Abecedary series at this fantastic show Oct. 27–29 at University School.

Inkmasters International Print Exhibition

I was honored to have two of my Animal Abecedary pieces accepted into this juried exhibition in Cairns, Queensland Australia this summer.

Animal Abecedary Book!

Just released on Lulu.com, a full-color, hardcover book of my entire series of animals. Great to enjoy yourself or give as a gift. Only available on Lulu.

Exhibition at The Frist Center

Two of my Animal Abecedary pieces were selected for the group exhibition Anthology showing Nov 7, 2015–Feb 7, 2016 at The Frist Center for Visual Arts.

In the Press

Learn more about my work and inspiration in this article from Nashville Arts Magazine. I was interviewed by arts writer Erica Ciccarone.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

My contribution to this worthy cause was exhibited at the Nashville Airport in 2016 followed by online bidding to help provide lifetime homes for rescued senior dogs.

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The Girl with the Ampersand Tattoo

My Ampersand Addiction

I might be a little obsessed with ampersands. At least, according to my daughter I am. She pointed out the other day that there are seven ampersands in our living room alone, eight if you count my forearm tattoo. OK, point taken.

Why am I, and many other graphic designers around the world, so enamored of this typographic symbol? Perhaps it’s because it comes in so many varying forms, from the flowing script version to the inverse 3 shape. Or it could be the movement of graceful lines that so elegantly tell such a simple story: and. To me it seems like a succinct logo design that understands beautifully the importance of both positive and negative space.

As fascinated as I am with the symbol, I realized I knew little about its graphic origin. Why does it look the way it does? Here is the short and sweet version of the history of the ampersand:

The character & derives from a symbol that was used in place of the Latin word et, which also means "and." It was common practice to add the "&" sign at the end of the alphabet as if it were the 27th letter, pronounced as the Latin et or later in English as and. As a result, the recitation of the alphabet would end in "X, Y, Z,and per se and". This last phrase was routinely slurred to "ampersand" and by 1827 the term had entered common English usage.

The ampersand mark itself can be traced back to the 1st century A.D. and the Old Roman cursive in which the letters E and T occasionally were written together to form a ligature (a joining together of two letter forms into one). In the later and more flowing New Roman Cursive, ligatures of all kinds were extremely common. During the development of the Latin script that led up to the Carolingian minuscule (9th century) the use of ligatures in general diminished. The et-ligature, however, continued to be used and gradually became more stylized and less revealing of its actual origin.

It’s that stylization, that personality of letter form that I so enjoy. Some of my favorite ampersands include the gracefully curving American Typewriter, the strength and solidity of Eames Bold Italic, the clean lines of Helvetica and the playful grace of House Industries' Worthe.

So you may feel that I have an ampersand addiction. I like to think of it as an appreciation for good typographic design.

 

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