Art director Steve Larson brings more than a decade of experience to the Beacon Creative team. He has developed a wide range of skills designing branding packages, event promotional materials, business collateral, magazines, illustrations and websites. Steve is originally from Minnesota and his experiences visiting the Rocky Mountains as a kid inspired his move to Vail, Colo., where he lived for eight years. He has lived in Whitefish since 2010. When Steve isn’t working, you can find him exploring Glacier National Park or seeking fresh powder turns.
A native Montanan and a University of Montana graduate, Sammi Johnson is the Flathead Beacon’s marketing director. Sammi brings varied experience, energy and ideas to the Flathead Beacon brand and its products. With degrees in marketing and recreation management, her work experience led her to the Flathead Valley with her husband, Tyrel, and two small children, Savannah and Maddox.
Dwayne Harris has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist for more than 20 years. After spending five years as a designer for the Kansas City Star, Dwayne embarked on a freelance career as an illustrator, working for several publishers on a wide variety of properties, including “Game of Thrones.” His first published comic appeared in Heavy Metal magazine. Next came “Warhammer: Crown of Destruction,” a miniseries he drew for Boom Comics. A writer as well, Dwayne wrote and drew “Black Powder” for Asylum Press, as well as “Amnesia” and “John Henry: The Steam Age,” both for Arcana. His latest graphic novel, “Head Smash,” drawn for Vladar Films and Arcana, is now in development to be released as a film in 2015. He now divides his time between the Flathead Beacon and his freelance projects.
Sharilyn Fairweather is a graphic designer and photographer who joined the Beacon Creative team in 2013. As a child, Sharilyn spent copious amounts of time painting, drawing and daydreaming. If you had asked her back then what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have said she wanted to be “an artist.” In pursuit of her dream, Sharilyn went to college to earn a bachelor of fine arts. Halfway through, she realized that she had no idea what to do with a BFA to make a living. So she quit. Yes, she was a quitter. Fortunately, she did not remain a quitter and in 2008 began her love affair with digital photography. Digital photography led to a love affair with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop led to a romance with Adobe Lightroom, and pretty soon she was dating the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Soon all of her various affairs culminated into an associate of applied science degree in graphic design in 2012. Sharilyn is currently in a long-term relationship with graphic design, and she has not yet grown up.
Tyler Thorney, a graphic designer and illustrator, is the newest member of the Flathead Beacon Creative team. Tyler brings five years of industry experience to the Flathead Beacon team, three of which were spent successfully running his own freelance design business. Tyler has had the opportunity to work closely with brands all around the globe (including some big names such as Apple). When not sitting at a computer or sketching in a notepad, he can be found hanging out with his wife, Becky, and their dog, Junie.