Artist, Designer, Photographer . . . Spreading Inspiration
I enjoy combining my varied background in fine art, photography, design and technology to tackle creative challenges in multiple areas including:
User-Centered Web/Interactive Design
I create digital experiences that are user-focused, informative and engaging. Experience includes concept development, user research, competitive analysis, information architecture, mood-boards, mockups, prototypes, visual design, hand-coding, e-commerce and usability testing.
Simple and Effective Graphic Design/Identity Design
My approach involves first identifying a company’s key values and goals and then making the intangible visible using a clean, modern design aesthetic that makes a brand stand out.
Contemporary Yet Timeless Surface Pattern Design
I create fresh, colorful surface pattern designs and illustrations combining graphic and hand-drawn, stylized motifs that pop out from the surface and catch your attention. Designs range from whimsical to graphic to sophisticated with a modern feel – brimming with energy and movement. Art directors have called my designs “crossover” due to their suitability for many markets such as home decor, wallpaper, fashion, bolt fabrics, accessories, stationery and gifts.
I was very involved in textile design a number of years ago – creating hand-painted repeat designs using gouache on paper. I exhibited at Surtex a few times and found success selling designs for bedding to Macys (and a few others) – and also worked directly with Macys to develop several bedding collections. I ultimately moved on to other things, as raising a family took over, but am now getting back into it by using digital tools that weren’t available in my prior surface design life. I’m excited to discover that a fine art background combined with digital tools is a powerful combo! Clients have included Macys, Martex, Gitano Accessories, Current, Inc. and St. Clair Pakwell. Existing designs are available or commissions are accepted.
I studied painting, printmaking and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University for my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. I was called a “Renaissance Woman” by one art professor because I had a keen interest in a variety of artistic disciplines and couldn’t choose one single focus.
After art school, I worked in the commercial photography arena and then in graphics/typesetting. I also studied textile design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC., which led to success selling designs to various manufacturers for consumer products.
Along the way I opened up a fine art/fine craft gallery in Leesburg, Virginia and then converted it into a successful online-only venue that features fine art and fine craft items from US contemporary artists. Visit Rendezvous Gallery.
I recently earned a Master of Fine Arts ( MFA) degree in Web Design/New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco – spending a million hours (it felt like it) developing a thesis project that focused on the positive life aspects of inspiration and the creative process.