avatar of joy with pink backgroundAfter 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 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 while painting 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.

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