I am a freelance illustrator/designer living in Calgary, Alberta. I studied Visual Communications Design at Alberta University of the Arts from 2016 to 2020 and English literature at the University of Calgary from 2011 to 2016.
Growing up with hearing loss, I found that effective visual communication was crucial to my learning and development. This experience has led me to apply my passion for art and design to helping others communicate their messages more clearly and accessibly.
My "style" is that I work in many different styles, depending on the situation i'm in, or the visual problem I am solving. For me, the best part about illustration and design is getting to explore different ways of seeing, mark making, and communicating visually and emotionally. I see myself as somewhere between an illustrator and a graphic designer, because my work ranges from bold graphic shapes arranged for a quick read to more intricate scenes that require a closer look to take in all of the details and expressive lines.
My goal is to go into post secondary art/design teaching, which is why I have focussed my learning and practice on virtually all areas of fine art, illustration and design. This includes everything from learning how to accurately portray human and animal figures to operating software such as After Effects and Adobe XD to carry out motion graphic and UI design driven projects. Instead of specializing in one area, I want to be able to offer expertise in multiple different disciplines!
Stylistic Influences/ Themes
My stylistic influences are broad, ranging from Renaissance drawing to comic illustration and classic animation, to fashion illustration and beyond.
My favourite themes to explore in my work are natural history, the power of music to bring people together, and the personality traits that make each individual unique.
Some of my biggest influences include Sargent, William Stout, Frank Frazetta, Heinrich Kley, Steve Huston , Lauren Tamaki, Marshall Vandruff, and Saul Bass.