Destine to Design
I was destine to design. Coming from a family that is chock full of artists means design comes naturally to me.
On my mother’s side, my aunt has her own graphic design business, Parallel Design. It was her encouragement that first inspired me to think of myself as an artist, and started me on the path that lead me to where I am today. Way back in the day, my great-great-great-great-great grandfather is the American painter Charles Wilson Peale, whose four sons were artists as well.
On my dad’s side, my grandmother was a graphic artist and currently does fantastic paintings, specializing in pets, wildlife and portraits. When I would visit her as a child, my sister and I were always doing crafts, painting and sewing. My grandfather has been running his own advertising agency, Graphic Persuasion, Inc., for well over 40 years with my uncle. I am thankful to have had the pleasure of working with the two of them in the summers during college.
As far as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. In summer camp I would spend my days re-drawing characters from coloring books. In middle school I got special permission to take art class two semesters in a row, rather than switch to home economics. For high school my mother moved us from central Florida to south Florida so I could attend the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. As a visual arts major I took sculpture, drawing, art history and photography classes, with my favorite classes being those in printmaking and graphic design.
For college, I left my family, friends and even my then boyfriend (who is now my husband) to study graphic design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I graduated early with honors and returned home to Palm Beach County. Since then I have been working as a graphic and web designer and have been in the industry for 7 years.
I hope to share my passion for design with you soon!