Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a fine artist when I grew up. The older I got, the more I practiced in pursuit of this goal. Although I eventually decided that design was a better fit for my values and skills, I still benefit from my artistic experience. My eye for composition and proportion, my drawing hand coordination, and my commitment to practice all translate well to my design skill set.
color and form observations
From acrylic painting, I learned the basics of color theory, as well as an appreciation for observing subjects in person. Later, in my Industrial Design education, references became valuable to learning the details and quirks of particular products.
exploring form and lighting
Working with charcoal, a medium that lends itself to dramatic dark values, taught me about using gradients to show different shapes and angles. I also discovered the role of contrast in creating eye-catching imagery.
early digital art experimentation
By teaching myself to make art using Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital drawing tablets, I started learning the ins and outs of the software early.