Who I Am

So, who are you?

I grew up in Northern Quebec, on the Naskapi First Nation of Kawawachikamach.

I’m a graphic artist, illustrator and independent abolitionist. I make artwork. I founded Zerflin. I’ll be your digital maverick, hired gun, and best friend.

How did you end up in Northern Quebec?

When I was 4, my family moved to Schefferville, Quebec to begin my father’s work. My father is a linguist and Bible translator to the Naskapi tribe.

I went to Jimmy Sandy Memorial School from Kindergarten through Grade 11, with a couple years of homeschooling in between. I spent most of my time in the village of Kawawachikamach. I learned the language quickly, and found at a very early age I was able to shift easily between the four major languages in Schefferville (Naskapi, Innu, French, and English).

I began exploring three major hobbies; piano, engineering, and art. Engineering played the predominating role at the time; I would take apart and put back together electronics, and my father and I built a snowmobile from scratch.

How did you end up in the States?

When I graduated from the Naskapi high school with high honours, the Governor General’s Award, and the Cree-Naskapi Award, I decided to head to the United States to go to college and become a Mechanical Engineer.

Since Quebec only goes to Grade 11, I took an extra year of high school in my parent’s home state of Connecticut to reduce the culture shock of coming to the US. While attending Robert E. Fitch Sr. High, I had my first ever art class. I became excited about the field of graphic design and began toying with it in my spare time, but stayed focused on my original plan of becoming an engineer.

I was accepted at a lot of colleges and universities, but I was really apprehensive about American schools. My only exposure to them was seeing stuff on MTV’s Spring Break, and I felt the weight of how much it cost. I wanted to study, not party. So I eventually chose to go to Messiah College, outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

How did you become a Graphic Artist?

During the second semester of my second year at college as an Engineering student, I was in the back of a circuits class right before the Christmas holidays. A bunch of us students were bored in the back, and we were passing around a sheet of paper and adding Christmas lights onto a chain.

He showed me in many ways how He could use me in more ways in Art than in Engineering. Art is what held my passion, and my greatest talents. After much praying and talking with many of the professors in various departments at Messiah, I made the decision of transferring to a Graphic Arts major.

I began designing in 1999 and immediately saw the potential to grow the skill into a company.

Originally called Blue Eclipse Design, I built up a portfolio by doing massive amounts of pro-bono work.

I was inspired by working for free, and vowed to create a company that would not only be a haven for other freelancing designers but also always be dedicated to providing the best quality work for the client, regardless of the price.

I am also the artist for all the artwork you see on the site.

I am the president & founder of Zerflin, which he created in 2000. Though it is among many talents, vector illustrations would be considered my forté and my favourite choice of artistic expressions.

I explore artwork through a graphic design medium.
As a graphic designer, you’re constantly thinking of the client, the message, the audience, the story. In art school, I was told that for art, you’re supposed to ignore all those things, to be free.
But I don’t find those things to be binding…

I’ve never really felt comfortable calling myself an artist, I just try to make things I find visually pleasing to myself and to others.
And so, in this way, I create.

I am the founder of Zerflin, and a father to two wonderful kids. Find out more my company at Zerflin.com

2 Replies to “Who I Am”

    1. I work for the abolition of white supremacy.

      Though we did the work to abolish slavery, abolish Jim Crow, and many other societal ills, more must be done. The inequalities that remain range from the highest posts in government down to the interpersonal, and require work on every level.

      I remain independent because I feel like aligning yourself with an organization prevents you from doing the work on your own.

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