• Our Team
    Our Team

    FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
    Joel Anderson-
    Creative Direction & Design

    Nathan Anderson-
    Customer Service & Fulfillment

    Patty Anderson-
    Finance & Food

    Dawn Verner-
    Studio Store Manager & Production

    Aaron Johnson-
    Illustration & Design

  • Joel Anderson
    Joel Anderson
    CREATIVE DIRECTION & DESIGN
    After graduating from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986, Joel moved to Music City and worked at Carden & Cherry Advertising for 7 years, winning an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS kid’s show. He co-founded Anderson Thomas Design in 1993, producing countless award-winning creative projects. In 2007, Joel retooled the firm to specialize in branding, packaging and poster art. The Nashville Advertising Foundation named him Art Director of the Year in 2010.


  • Joel Anderson
    Joel Anderson
    When Joel is not serving a client, studying classic poster design, or producing new poster art, he enjoys gardening, wood-working, creating folk art, and spending time with his family. As a fan of Indian food, Star Wars, The Simpsons, all things Southern, Tom Petty, French cuisine, classical music, and peanut butter, you could say that Joel has a diverse palette.
  • Patty Anderson
    Patty Anderson
    FINANCE & FOOD
    Born in Paris, France, Patty came to the USA as a high school student. She studied Interior Design at Ringling College of Art & Design, where she met Joel. They got married in 1986 after graduating and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. For the next 5 years, Patty worked in architect and interior design firms doing space planning and design. She helped Joel start up his design firm in 1993, handling all matters financial, and creating delicious gourmet meals for hungry ADG designers on special occasions.

  • Patty Anderson
    Patty Anderson
    Patty loves the beach, good coffee, and 80s music. In addition to being the person that writes paychecks and keeps ADG financially sound, Patty is a mother of 4, a fantastic cook, a savvy designer, and a model of order and common sense among a messy gaggle of artists.
  • Dawn Verner
    Dawn Verner
    CUSTOMER SERVICE & PRODUCTION
    Dawn was a business major & art minor in college. She is from Nashville and lived and worked in LA and Dallas before joining our team in 1998. Dawn coordinates projects, gives art direction, manages deadlines, and handles production. She manages our Spirit of Nashville online store and studio boutique.  After working in the music business and as VP of Creative Services at a record label – plus growing up with a bunch of brothers, she is no stranger to chaos, pressure and explosives!
  • Dawn Verner
    Dawn Verner
    Dawn's favorite breakfast cereal is Oatmeal.  Musically, she listens to everything but is partial to the Motown era. She loves football and baseball too, especially if her nephew Peyton is playing! Her favorite TV shows include Criminal Minds, Nashville, and reruns of Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine. In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband, family, having fun doing anything with her nieces and nephews, and hiking on the trails in Percy Warner Park – anytime of the year.

  • Aaron Johnson
    Aaron Johnson
    ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN
    Aaron was raised in Nashville, where he dedicated his early years to drawing cartoons and making corny jokes. Finding illustration and graphic design the perfect fit for his odd skill set, he attended Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. In his spare time Aaron enjoys eating strawberry flavored foods, building replicas of TV show & movie props, watching Japanese Anime, and teaching people Photoshop. After becoming an illustrator his new life goal is to one day ride a zeppelin.
  • Aaron Johnson
    Aaron Johnson
    In 2012 Aaron went for his dream job as an Illustrator at ADG, since the world was scheduled to end that year and he wanted to go out with a bang. The world kept turning and Aaron kept producing cool Illustration. Now he excels in illustration, hand lettering, logo and package design, and fixing our computers when they're on the fritz.  Aaron has done work for clients such as MCA Records, Ram Trucks, Coors Light, Miller Light, Syracuse University, J.M.T. Spices, Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Ellusionist Playing Cards, and many more.

  • Nathan Anderson
    Nathan Anderson
    CUSTOMER SERVICE & FULFILLMENT
    A native Nashvillian and self-proclaimed bon vivant, Nathan takes delight in the colors, flavors, and sounds of Nashville life. Nothing makes him happier than helping others do the same! Whether online or in-store, customers can be sure Nathan will give them the best shopping experience possible.  Nathan has been the purchasing manager at ADG since May, 2013, providing world class customer service for customers all over the world.  Just ask him if you need anything!
  • Nathan Anderson
    Nathan Anderson
    In his free time Nathan enjoys adventures of any shape or size. Especially if they come on a plate, on a plane, or in paperback!  His favorite ice cream is Blue Bell Banana Pudding.  His favorite musical artists include Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Bob Dylan.