I acknowledge that I live and work in the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. I have been a settler in Vancouver, BC, since 1974, when my brother and I opened our graphic design studio in Gastown.
As our profession evolved from analog to digital workflow, I was an early adopter of the Mac as it ushered in the desktop publishing revolution. In 1985, my brother departed this temporal dimension. A short time later, I moved my studio to a spare bedroom at home, and I said good-bye to drafting tables, a dark room, art supplies and large storage cabinets. One Macintosh Plus and an Apple Laser Writer printer became my new studio.
I was incredibly fortunate to have a fantastic group of clients who kept me busy. I was able to parlay my computer skills into a teaching position at a local community college, where I taught digital production for 11 years.
In 2006 I found myself at a fork in the road as I faced the most difficult decision in my life; to accept my doctor’s diagnosis and proposed care plan or look for the exit door. Choosing the former, I began to make subtle changes in anticipation of what was to come, and I was ready to go down the rabbit hole in the late Fall of 2007. I came out to my siblings, clients, parents, and sons over the next six months and transitioned in July 2008. Did it affect my business? Absolutely—but not right away. It took three years to go from fully employed to gainfully unemployed.
I discovered that the business world is very nervous when it comes to trans persons; it worries about optics and avoids anything that it deems can affect its clients‘ and staff‘s comfort level. Did I think it would be otherwise? Well, yeah—that was my hope.
Graphic design is no longer my sole job description. I am now a Certified Multi-Faith Spiritual Care Practitioner and work in health care. I still do the odd freelance job and am always grateful when these projects come my way. I’ve had to turn down a couple of opportunities due to scheduling conflicts or because the client’s needs were beyond my skill set; for example, I don’t do video editing.
Why do I have this website? Simply put, I am proud of the work I did for my clients over the years, and these pages serve as a gallery of sorts.
Here the link to an OpEd I wrote in 2015 that touches of the subject of trans acceptance. Though things have improved for many, we still have a long way to go. OP-ED