I was born in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and was always into drawing, painting, model building and pretty much all things involving visual arts. I was also into computers at a fairly young age, with my first PC being a Commodore 64. I later attended Canterbury High School to study in their specialized Visual Arts Program, which is one of the most intensive art programs in the country at a high school level.
I spent my time working and running BBS systems, which was essentially my first exposure to digital art and to community development. I eventually moved to Montreal to work for a large IT company as a product manager and IS/IT support agent and gradually built up my IT and network skills while running a side business doing freelance web design. I have always been gifted as a self-learner where computers are concerned, so with some hard work, I was able to master several specialized pieces of software such as Flash and various Corel titles, and my IT studies earned me a complete MCSE certification as well as some minor other IT related certifications such as the A+ program.
As a freelance artist, I specialized in Flash design and animation and continued to build up my design skills doing design work for clients all over the world, and even working a couple of weeks for a studio in their London office in England. I married and a little over a year later my daughter was born in early 2003, which put an end to my freelance business as my spare time was virtually non-existent. As my daughter was getting older, I began getting back into design and doing small projects for myself and friends until finally in December 2003, I began to design what would become the Pixel2life Tutorial Search Engine and my web presence has been intensifying ever since.
I quit my full-time job as IT manager for a retail technology company after 6 years employment in February 2006 and began to run the Pixel2life Studios network full-time as well as my various other web and design projects. I am also getting back into freelance design for projects that really interest me and looking to get back into 3D design, which has always been a special skill I’ve wanted to learn. I sold the network in 2011 to a local Montreal businessman and began working at Manwin Canada, where I am now the Product Manager for Playboy.com under the Playboy Plus Entertainment division. This is a dream job for me and falls in line perfectly with the rather large skillset I’ve acquired over the years. As the PM for Playboy.com, my responsibilities include managing all aspects of the site, including editorial contrent, mainstream advertising, secondary revenue, SEO, all layout design and development as well as social media.
Outside of my professional goals and studies, I enjoy collecting kits and memorabilia from the Predator movies, painting, photography, bodybuilding and yaking on various forums to keep in touch with other people that share my interests. Although to be quite honest, I pretty much eat, work and sleep Playboy.com and home renovations since March 2011.
That’s the general summary, the rest you’ll have to get from following me on Twitter or reading my blog!