I love graphic design and I am currently job hunting. It’s a scary task proving your worth, but I love working and staying busy. For the first time in my life, I am armed with a degree and searching through job postings for an opening in a field that I can see myself working hard and enjoying the labor. Early on, I worked in the automotive industry, Accounts Payable was my title. After a few years, I moved up to Title Clerk then Billing Clerk. I had worked 10+ in an accounting office, but my heart was always looking elsewhere. I longed to work someplace else but I didn’t know where or how to begin. Not having a degree keep me from being able to pursue my passion for art. When I started working for Saint Matthias CC, that was where I discovered graphic design hands on and teaching myself. . My first big task was making a church cookbook, all while teaching myself Microsoft Publisher. We sold about 15 copies at $10 a piece, it was a lot of work, but I loved the feeling of holding a finished project in my hand. Working at the church recalled a distant memory from high school, a wonderful computer application teacher assigned us to make a letterhead for a fictitious business. My business was a veterinarian. This was in the late 90s, so I struggled with the mouse to form the shape of a dog with his tongue hanging out. She was so impressed with my work and commented that I should do this for a living.
took a leap of faith by going back to school and discovered my love for making artRead More
When it rains outside I find myself not wanting to leave the house, but I must go regardless. Thoughts of traffic, the possibility of hydroplaning, and the prolonged journey are not my favorite activities, but I know my garden flourishes in the rain so I can ultimately accept and appreciate the rain falling.
Thankfully, what little time I am able to spend indoors at home, it should at least be productive. Macrame has caught my eye and I am curious about where this leads. I enjoy the process of measuring, cutting, wrapping, braiding, knotting, and finishing. It’s such a hands-on project that I absolutely love and enjoy seeing the finished results. When I learn something new, my mind goes crazy thinking about other uses for the project and even combining other mediums into one.
I'm two weeks away from the end of a long journey and the start of a new one.
I have put off finishing college for 20 years. My main struggle was deciding on what I wanted to become. Originally win I set out a year after high school, I thought I wanted to be a Veterinarian. While taking classes in Animal Science, I felt out of place. Many of the students came from families with ranches and horses. I just wanted to work with pets not livestock, which was all that we studied.
I took my first art class at a community college, but I had been drawing all my life. I knew from the start that this was where I belonged. I sought to have a degree and a job that involved me being creative. Often times, when I spoke to college recruiters about seeking an art degree, they always told me , "Sure, that would be a good minor," which was not what I wanted to hear. Finding the right 4-year school was tough as well.
Graphic Design has certainly fulfilled my creative and artistic endeavors. Despite being 20-years behind on reaching my goal, I feel positive about the outlook in life, and I am very thankful to God and my family for hanging in there.
One last thing, I seek to remove the label "starving artist," to just "artist."
Drawing, painting, sculpture, metalsmithing, stain-glass, illustration, graphic design, and photography, oh my!
Adobe Photoshop is a great design tool to have on hand. One of my favorite uses in Photoshop is being able to create animated gifs. I have been designing for Saint Matthias for quite some time and it never gets boring. I have wanted to find some way of showcasing the work in my portfolio. Creating an animated gif was the solution for this project, and it was fun to make. I really have appreciated the freedom Bishop Todd allowed me to have when it came to design work at the church. Normally, the first time he viewed a new design was when the cover was ready for pick up. I enjoy the work and I am really thankful for the experience.
The first person to ask me for a drawing was my step-dad, Don. Although, I don't remember what our agreement was, but the drawing was of two Pinto's from a picture I found in a Western Horseman magazine. My ideas and thoughts stem from my surroundings, art is everywhere, and I am receptive to filling my head with shapes, colors, and movement. My passion for art and design has been a part of my life for a long time, and I am thankful to God for what he has done for me.
I don't talk much but I am a great listener. I enjoy the quiet comforts of my home, when my children don't need a chauffeur, which is truly my full-time job since we started homeschooling.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Phil. 4:13