Several years of industry experience.
I’ve been working at this for a long time. I won’t say I’m old, but….
In addition to teaching illustration classes at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, I’ve illustrated numerous children’s books and publications, and have received an occasional award or two. My illustrations have accompanied a variety of books as they have gone off to publication, including two different safety books, a few children’s book co-illustrated with my artist wife Cherish Flieder, chapter books for both children AND adults, and current projects in the works that I can’t talk about yet, but can’t wait until they get released.
I was the official illustrator for the Centennial Institute, and some of my caricatures ended up in the hands of some very famous dignitaries, some of whom I had the opportunity to meet.
My 3D chalk art sends me all over the country, including as far east as Carnegie Mellon University, to as far south as Las Cruces, New Mexico. I continue to be the featured artist for several shows around the Rocky Mountain region and country.
Clients include: Filter Press, Breckenridge Arts, Jeffco Students First, Centennial Institute, Columbia University, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, Westbow Press, Law Offices of Brenda Speer, Faith Bible Chapel, ZOE Ministries, Carnegie Mellon University, Adams State University, Colorado State University, Denison University, Colorado University Hospital, Pearson Education, Creative Impressions, Independence Institute, Backbone America, Professional Community Management Systems, Whistle Away Crime, Adventures Galore, Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Henry Gill/Frontier Airlines, Colorado Rural Electric, PriMedia, Pauline Books and Media, Friends of Astor House Museum, Renton’s International Stationery, Cook Communications, Pathway Seminars, Golden Historic Society, Boettcher Mansion, The Denver Post.
But wait, there’s more!
Part of my story includes the fact that I am a two-time liver transplant survivor and battle daily the ravages of a debilitating auto-immune disorder I’ve had from birth. I use my story and my experience to inspire others to live to their full potential, especially those challenged with disabilities. It’s a passion of mine and some of my clients have found this element to be pretty cool and have included it in bios published about me.
What does the bee mean?
You may have noticed a running theme in my artwork and my branding, that of a bumblebee and similar motifs, such as the honeycomb. Frequently I will hide bees in my illustrations, adding extra “easter eggs” for people to look for. Hummel literally translates from the German word bumblebee. The family name provides a very powerful connection to an insect that already has wonderful meanings.