After 30 plus years working for attorneys in Seattle, I decided to turn my life upside down and move to Arizona. It was a difficult decision made easier by my arthritis and the damp gray Seattle weather.
For about 15 years prior to leaving Seattle I was involved with the art community. I served on the board of a local arts council, sat on a festival committee, and curated art shows for artists in alternative art spaces.
About 5 years prior to leaving I was asked to paint a theatre set for a friend. Painting big can be daunting, but I was inspired by the challenge. After that first show other directors and producers sought me out to design and paint their sets. My ah-ha moment came during a solo night in the scene shop paint a PVC pipe to look like a wooden pole. I said right out loud “I am so happy”.
When I arrived in Arizona I knew my future involved art in a bigger and more meaningful way. I research local arts programs and settled on The Art Institute of Phoenix where I ultimately received a degree in Graphic and Web Design with a focus on illustration.
Working freelance has worked well for me. Having recently (relatively) graduated I am up to date on the latest programs and procedures in the design field. I use the Adobe Suite of products primarily using Illustrator and Photoshop.
As an aside – I love icon design. Staying up to date on the fun stuff inspires me and gives me a fresh perspective on all my other design projects. That’s why I chose this profession. I have fun at work all day long.