In some shape or form, design has always been a part of me. I can’t remember a time when the creative arts haven’t flowed through my veins - first out of necessity - now a trained skill.
I've managed to craft this love for the arts into a profession and have been blessed to do so for more than decade.
I currently work as a Senior Art Director at +WeCreate Media. I also freelance under the alias Miracletwentyone and I own Blackbean Photography. I am a struggling Christian, an artist, father of 3, lucky husband and truly love Northwest Indiana and giving back.
I've co-founded and help manage the Insight Design Conference, with Kevin Bruinsma. Lastly I am the author of Over Here: A collection of NWI Creatives.
What is the story behind the name?
Our first son is named Meryck and he was born several weeks premature. I believe life itself is a miracle and so we called him Miracle as a nickname and he was born on the 21st.
- Design Souffle - Featured Artist
- The Times - Featured Artist -Graphic designer uses talents to bring clean water to Africa
- South Suburban College - Artist profile video
- Fudgegraphics.com - Featured Artist
- Illustration Rally - Featured Artist and Interview
- Earwaks.com - Featured Artist
- DesignRelated.com - Featured Artist
- The Blues, Jazz and Fine Arts Festival - Featured Artist
- It Even Has a Watermark - Featured 1 | 2
- The Post Tribune - Side Walk Art - Whiting
- Chicago Sculpture International - Your Presence
- Valparaiso University - Talent vs Skills
- Ignite Chicago - I Use People
- Ivy Tech, Valparaiso Campus - 5 Sides to a Project
- Valparaiso University - Creative Matter
- Hannover Central - My Story
- Purdue University Calumet - Lemonade and Sugar
- INsight Design Conference - Green Eggs and Ham
- INsight Design Conference - Creative Information
- George Rogers Clark High School - Good, Better, Best
- The Lakeshore 89.1FM - On-air Interview
- The Ad Men Radio - On-air Interview
- The Times - Design conference breeds success
- The Times - Realizing a Dream Article
- Lakeshore Television - Interview
- The Times - Local conference features 'graphic material'
- The Times - Creative Community Gathers for INsight
- Inspired Living Magazine - Artist Joseph Gonzalez Puts Family First
- The Lee E. Dulgar Gallery - 2010
- The Dorthea Thiel Gallery - 2010
- The CAC - 2011
- Pixel Gallery - 2012
- The Brauer Museum - 2012
- Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts - 2013
- Hammond Art Center - 2 shows - 2013
- Valparaiso Welcome Center Gallery - 2013
- Purdue University Calumet - 2014
- Porter County Museum - 2015
- Hammond Arts Center - 2015
- Rusted Oak - 2016
- Fluid Coffee Shop - 2016
- Valpo Pop-up Artist - 2016
- Graphic Design USA - Inhouse Award winner
- Graphic Design USA - Graphic Design Award winner
- The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration - Cover Design & Selected artwork
- Allmightys.com - Gold & Silver Award winner - 3 time special selection winner