Living in Vancouver and being surrounded by the beauty that is the west coast - many of my patterns are inspired by my daily surroundings; From walking the seawall, to the cherry blossoms in spring I pull colours and shapes from every day life and turn them into prints.
Collecting, being tactile and marrying different medias together are all passions of mine so there's no doubt that collaging is on the list of my favourite art forms. It allows me to interact with existing materials – anything from newsprint and magazines to maps, tickets and propaganda and photographs – to rip them apart and then reassemble them, creating new visually dynamic hybrids.
While attending BCIT and Emily Carr for Graphic Design is when I discovered my love for solving communication problems through my own style of illustration. In the last decade I have been able to work with a large array of clients from patterns for bathing suits to editorial pieces to branding Disability Pride 2017.
Folk art painting with my grandma when I was a child is what got me into the creative path I've taken. Working on large scale pieces and creating a finished peice layer by layer using different techniques and colour combinations has made my graphic design work stronger as it's given me room to play and explore.
Having a hand touched approach is part of my artistic style and a bit of a signature of mine. To put it perfectly, I will share a quote by one of my favourite artists Margaret Kilgallen:
"I do everything by hand... Even if I'm doing really big letters and I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, I'll never be able to make it straight. From a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that's where the beauty is."
Photography has always been a passion of mine ever since my mom gave me a throw-away camera at age seven before a trip to California. Even then, the ability to catch a beautiful moment and have it to hold onto is fascinating. I love the idea oft taking a scene and executing it in a way that engages the viewer.
Print production has quickly become one of my passions - the idea of creating something with my hands, digitizing it and then printing it onto a whole new substrate is exciting. I have been lucky enough to learn several different types of printing; paper, Direct to Garment, Sublimation and Silkscreening.
I had the privilege to be able to study Graphic Design for four years at BCIT and Emily Carr. The process of problem solving was what got me into graphic design and what has me still passionate about it years later. I have an innovative way of approaching design and developing human centered solutions - one of my favourite pieces recently was pieces for Inclusion BC celebrating Disabliity Pride.