I'm Owen Soule 

Artist, dreamweaver, visionary, plus code monkey

Happiness PieI've been drawing since I can remember and have worked with Adobe creative software since 1994. A selection of my work can be found in my portfolio. With this background I was headed squarely for a career in art until I discovered programming in college. I was hooked with my first C++ program and switched majors from a graphic design to computer science the next semester. Since graduating, I have been developing software but my real passion comes from utilizing both my creative and computer science skill sets. Soule Designs presents the strange and sometimes scary mash-up of these two disciplines.

 

Education

After graduating from Fayetteville Manilus High School in Syracuse, NY, I headed off to college for art. My first stop was the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz near Poughkeepsie, NY. From New Paltz I transferred to West Chester University in West Chester, PA and continued with art/graphic design classes until I happened on computer science and was hooked. After switching majors, I earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and also graduated with a minor in fine art since I had accumulated so many studio art credits. My future plans for education include continued training in the latest computer graphics, 3D, digital modeling and editing software.

 

Work Experience

I began my career with a small consulting firm, Elementum, Inc., where I had to the opportunity to learn a wide range of technolgies and work on some very interesting web projects. These included a large ASP application for designing home theater systems and an ASP.net application for managing contracts. After five years with Elementum, Inc. I decided to broaden my work experience with Microsoft ASP.net web technologies. At my next job with Merion Matters, I worked on a wide variety of ASP.net websites including a job board and online job fair application. I am currently employed at Advanced Enterprise Technologies Inc., which provides custom insurance software to nonprofits. At AETI, I've helped re-launch their web application, Quadra, redesigned their website and created marketing materials.

 

Hobbies

My largest hobby is the renovation of my 1920s Tudor Revival house, which my wife, Laura, and I work on nearly every weekend. When I'm not renovating or computing I have a bad habit of watching really bad horror movies and enjoying them way too much. I enjoy jogging and when I was more focused on running I completed a few marthons - the most recent of which the Marine Corps Marathon in 2007. I'm also very enamored with wood working projects, though I don't get nearly as much time to work on these projects as I'd like.