I am an artist and designer with experience in illustration, advertising, branding and print media. Along with my work as a designer, I also work in traditional media including drawing and painting.
I completed my BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Tennessee at Martin and am currently an MFA Candidate and TA at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
My design work has a strong base in studio art including both drawing and painting. However, while my studio work approaches specific thematic concepts, my design work is less thematic and changes based on the content of the project. The commonality throughout my designs are found in their functionality, structure and use of color. The work is typically clean and structured, with flat color and a heavy emphasis on balance.
Recently my work has focused on a renewal of historical locations and businesses through a process of photography and subsequent illustration in order to render contemporary design pieces. Exploring ideas of place, dialogue, and community, this work maintains characteristics of balance, use of color, and function.
In all of my work, functionality is key, and I look at design as a challenge to create an art piece with a practical application. Whether I am creating a piece for advertisement purposes, or a design that is purely artistic, a consistent style in the piece itself combined with thoughtful use of color, order and balance is of primary importance.