Dennis often jokes that he is a designer from the “B.C.” era — that is, “before computers.”
Back in the 1980’s, before graphic designers started using Quark (the forerunner of Adobe Illustrator) on Apple computers with tiny screens, Dennis was doing freelance design with rulers, pen and ink drawings, rub-ons and the services of typesetters. His BA in Art from Eastern Washington University along with an MA degree from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary also allowed him to teach art at Evangel College before he got a job in advertising in 1990 at Gospel Publishing House in Springfield, MO. There he was ushered into the fascinating new world of computerized graphic design!
After he moved his family to Washington in 1994, he started a graphic design firm called White Stone Communications, providing pre-press services for Press Craft, Inc. in Pasco. In 2004, Whitestone moved to a spacious Kennewick location, changing their name to Artmil in 2006. In addition to award-winning graphic design, the team also provided businesses digital print services and fledgling web design services. From 2004-2009, Dennis taught art classes part-time at Columbia Basin College as well.
Artmil moved to Clearwater Avenue in 2014 just as their web development services were taking off. Dennis is very appreciative of his team of professionals who serve our region’s businesses so well with fine design, high quality print and outstanding web development services. Since 2013, he’s been able to devote more of his time to Business Network International (BNI) and other marketing work.