When enrolling at the Art Institute of Dallas, I had no design software experience, just simply a love for drawing and coming up with creative ideas. Although I would have done some things differently when looking back, I have learned so much since then and am grateful for the experience I had learning from their incredible team of educators. I love reflecting on where I started on this crazy journey and hope you enjoy it as well.
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ART IS EVERYWHERE.
Ask any professional designer why they got into their field of Graphic Design, Advertising, Culinary Design, Fashion Design, etc. and I'd imagine that most of them will tell you that they've loved art since they were a child. Whether it be they admired the pastries their mother made, or loved to draw, its something that's been part of them for most of their lives. Unfortunately, when you "grow up", you tend to spend most of your time working that you don't get the time to really play, explore, and enjoy like you did as a child.
I strive to be a lifelong student of art and always try to learn new things. I believe art is everywhere; in nature, beautiful food, thick chunky oil paints, the leaves on a tree, graphic design, hand lettering, interior design, and so many more things. Below is a collection of art I've made for the sake of enjoyment. I hope by looking at my work you are inspired to create more yourselves!
Most of these photos were taken on a 5-week National Parks road trip I took this past spring. The photos speak for themselves. There is SO much beauty in this world and I'm thankful I had the privilege to capture a sliver of it .
Medium: Watercolor on watercolor paper
These watercolor paintings are from when I was first learning to use watercolor and was learning to use different techniques for obtaining translucency and opaqueness together.
Medium: Oil Paint
Oil painting was and still is intimidating to me but it is the most beautiful form of paint. These paintings were done at the Craft Guild of Dallas in 3 hour sessions.
Medium: Chalk on chalboard, wood
Medium: Terra Cotta
LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
These are some of the very first paintings I did. I would find an artist's work that I really admired and try to emulate their techniques.
(Left: Frank Lloyd Wright, Center: Van Gogh, Right: Van Gogh)
Medium: Acrylic on rocks
These were a lot of fun to do. I recently visited my family and learned that painting on rocks was a big thing in my hometown. So I decided I would have a little family fun and do a few too.
Medium: Marker on Marker Paper and cardstock
Most of these were done in school. This was my first introduction to using color and I fell in love with it.