Create and Inspire
The world of creativity and pattern work is something I have always loved exploring. It finds me in every nook and cranny of my life and has become a wonderful form of expression. My love for patterns and design have been spurred on through my growing years with a strong passion for math and the early beginnings of computer graphic design. Upon graduating with a Degree in Commerce I chose to follow the unconventional path and opened my own business, a wool and needlework shop. From there I pursued my creative dream of design and pattern work.
After 5 years, I chose to focus on the online business I had established and moved out of the store front and work from home. I pursued opportunities in the publishing field and authored two books on pattern design with a company out of the US, as well as contributing to other publications, including books and magazines.
Over the years I have continued to explore different areas of design through textile arts and through illustration and have discovered my passion lies in geometric design. I create my work in a range of mediums, but my focus is drawing in pen and ink and digital drawing on the Mac and the iPad.
I have had my designs produced by a doodle art company based in the US, drawing poster size art which they turn into beautiful colouring posters and black velvet posters. You can see some of my designs I’ve done for them on my Shop page. I get many requests for my designs as colouring pages and went on to have two colouring books published and distributed worldwide. This has inspired me to make more of my designs available for colouring which I offer through my etsy shop.
It is my passion to sit and allow the design to evolve slowly, layer after layer of detail. The process of using geometric symmetry as a jumping off point and then releasing to the organic flow of the design is a very energizing feeling. The drawing takes on an essence of its own as the flow of the lines and shapes reveals the depth of the design..
iPad Art and Digital Design
I have an ongoing passion for learning and exploring digital art. I use it in my business life as well as a way to relax and try new ideas. When the iPad first came out, I was intrigued with it’s portability and have been playing with art apps from the beginning. Now I have upgraded to the iPad Pro and it has changed the way I do my digital work. I can now draw anywhere anytime and take it right into a digital painting without having to change devices. The level of resolution makes doing detail work a joy. I love the natural feeling of being able to draw right on the screen. I now teach my digital art methods to others in hopes everyone can experience how fun and easy this form of creating can be.
A bit more about me
Two great kids who have inspired me in endless ways. There is nothing better than seeing the world through the eyes of a child/teenager/young adult and to be present with that experience. They are my world
One puppy – planned… and one kitten – unplanned. They are the epitome of cuddly, furry, unconditional love. I can’t imagine what I did before they arrived (possibly I traveled more, and didn’t have to share my chair, food, pillow, etc.)
I am always exploring new ideas and unique ways to create and then to share this with others. I seek to encourage and inspire you to explore and learn as well and to open up new perspectives for you to use to create and enjoy your life on your terms.