Struggling for Balance: Art + Design

Struggling for Balance: Art + Design

This post was originally written for the blog Artists Tell Their Stories. I’ve wanted to make art for as long as I can remember. I spent my childhood drawing more than anything else. I took every art class I possibly could as a teenager and never considered not studying art in college. I had a brief flirtation with graphic design when I attended the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College summer program. But this was before computers and it held no appeal for me. I much preferred the time I spent in RISD’s Nature Lab where I was able to check out a taxidermied squirrel and take it back to my dorm room to draw it. Unlike a lot of artists, I was also always really good at and very interested in math. I may be the only art major who actually took calculus as an elective in college. When computers became easily accessible, I was immediately hooked. But it took quite a few years before my art and my computers joined forces. My undergraduate studies (University of Georgia) were in fine art – drawing and painting and my graduate studies (Savannah College of Art & Design) were in fibers. In between I’ve also flirted with printmaking, ceramic sculpture and jewelry. But drawing was always my first love. My first job when I finished grad school was for an apparel company in Alabama, designing t-shirts for organizations like National Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy. Getting paid to draw plants and animals all day? Yes please! I got the job based on my drawing and (limited) design...
Ledger Girls Book

Ledger Girls Book

You know what would make an excellent gift? A book of my Ledger Girls drawings! I have designed this 20 page 8 x 8 inch hardcover book of my drawings and had it printed using Shutterfly. For the price of one framable print, you can have a book of the entire collection! Interested?  Use the PayPal button here to purchase one for $35. If you are local, I will bring it to you. If you want it shipped, we can work that out....

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