Hello, my name is Spencer Micklo.
I am a graphic designer.

Where did I come from? Where am I now?
       I am from Pine Grove, Pennsylvania in Schuylkill County. I grew up there and that is where my family is from. My mom and nana still live there but after graduating college I moved in with my boyfriend and we live in Carlisle, PA. I am currently searching for employment but in my free time, I like to sell my work and submit to galleries.
How did I get here? Why did I do this?
       I had an interest in art from a young age. I was always drawing or coloring. When I got a little older, I started drawing still life or in my mind "things that would stay still long enough for me to draw them." I drew people and objects, and all throughout grade school, I was involved with art. I took art classes, I participated in art programs at school and outside of school, and when I got to high school I learned about digital art. I knew from a young age that I wanted to have a career in art. What kind of career in art? I had no clue. 
       It wasn't until high school when I figured out my career path. Graphic Design. My digital imaging and video editing course introduced me to photoshop and iMovie and later I took a web design class where I learned about HTML. I was also part of my high school's art club and I took an independent study with the art teacher my senior year. With her help, I  put together my first portfolio and applied to a handful of colleges, amazingly I got in. I committed to the Millersville University of Pennsylvania and that when my world opened up.
What happened to me? What do I do?
       I grew up so much in college and I finally came out of my shell. I found an outlet for me to express myself and it was the best experience I could ever ask for. I got to work with amazing faculty and I made life-long friendships. It was in my art and design classes where I developed my interest in social justice. 
       When I came out as gay and transgender, I started learning more about the LGBTQ+ community and its history. In my classes, I was able to use the information that I was learning and be creative with it. A lot of my independent pieces are politically motivated and about sharing information with others. I want to spread awareness and teach people about the LGBTQ+ community and the struggles that we have faced or are facing.