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I graduated from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1996 with a degree in illustration and followed the footsteps of so many artists before me- waiting tables and doing odd jobs while trying to "make it" in the art world. After a few years of this, I landed a job as a server at the Black Bass Hotel in Bucks County, PA, which is where I caught the wine bug. Helping diners choose wines to complement their meal was rewarding, and not just in tips: being a nerd to the core, it was really fun and interesting to know all of this arcane wine stuff.
My art "career" was going exactly nowhere, and a career in wine seemed like the better option. So, I started reading, took a wine class (or three), spent a few years in retail and a few more years as a sales rep in New Jersey, and tasted a LOT of wine. (I know, bummer, right?) but after eighteen years in the service and sales industries, I was ready for a change. Ironically, the wine background that got me OUT of the arts made me a good fit as a designer here at Bowler. See mom? Art school wasn't such a big mistake after all...