art director Max has been around since the beginning---helping to build
Grove from the ground up. He is responsible for the majority of the
aesthetics on our website and packaging, and remains hands-on as our
lead graphic designer and illustrator to boot. Recently, he put a lot of
work into the newly released SkateBacks. Even though Max's visual style can be seen throughout Grove's branding, he says that none of it would be possible without inspiration from the beautiful product design and the company's unique culture.
Max hails from the coastal hamlet of Astoria, Oregon, where he went to high school with Grove co-founder, Joe. He attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a BFA in Multimedia Design in 2006, and he was even Joe’s first employee at his pre-Grove venture Engrave Your Book.
He’s the type of artist who will work long hours at his day job and then go home, roll up his sleeves and get to work on his own projects. Max makes figurative artwork with a distinctive style that’s all about clean lines, vivid color combinations, and striking imagery that usually conveys a story. You can check out his artwork on his website: OrangeYear.com. Yeah!
He summed it all up by saying that he considers himself lucky to have his dream job. “I have a continual list of things I love to do, like getting to correspond with cool artists around the world whose work I respect.”
by Mike Schultz. He is an oil painter from Ithaca, New York. When he
is not working for Grove, he’s painting and drawing to his heart’s
content. You can see his work on his blog and his website.