I love surface design and pattern making. This love comes from my delight when uncovering what happens when I pair and repeat visual objects together to produce a whole new visual object from a single one. To achieve this task, I record, edit and expand photographic images into patterns and watch the new designs unfold before me. I have been taking pictures as long as I can remember and drawing shapes too, so these new designs have been evolving for awhile. I continue to be prolific and embrace producing digital collages as often as possible.
Technically, my digital collages are created from images I capture using cameras or shapes I draw with a pencil and paper. I then use a computer program to layout and repeat my images, or drawn objects when creating patterns. The process of editing, cropping or color adjusting the photographic images is done using a photo editing computer program. My drawings are transferred into an electronic file and colorized using either solid color or an image that I have taken. Lastly, I use a page layout program to create the collage and repeats. I can then export my digital designs to common high-resolution print formats that are ready for any output device. These surface patterns reproduce as clothing, home interiors or whatever you choose.
My professional career began in visual communications, graphic design and photojournalism producing magazines and newspapers. Now my path has moved into digital marketing while leaning into fine arts, gallery spaces and surface design. Scholastically, I hold a Bachelor degree in Studio Art and Sociology from Ball State University and an Associates in Arts degree from Houston Community College where I have also taught design and digital arts classes. Being born and raised a Hoosier, I ventured out to San Diego for 20 years to expand my life experiences before calling Houston my home.