"Honestly it's really hard to focus on one outlet, I find myself bouncing around a lot. Having my Etsy shop, I’m always creating new pieces and working on orders. I love painting, but I find I only do it when I have a custom order for an animal portrait. As much as I love painting it takes up space and time that I don’t always have. I don’t work on my illustrations as much as I'd like to, but when I get really inspired I create a bunch all at once.
As for my direction, I like to pull from the culture and environment I’m in or from an experience I’ve had. When I first moved to Austin I tried to do a new illustration every day inspired by the city because I was so stimulated by my new surroundings."
"Definitely Austin's weather. As much as a I loved Milwaukee, I just couldn’t do the winters anymore. For my first “winter” in Austin I only had to pull out my winter jacket one time."
"I have a few goals for 2017:
1. Create more of my own custom fabric for my brand, NOMAD and take some sewing classes to make functional clothing other than bandanas. Also I want to come up with new t-shirt graphics and actually get the shirts produced.
2. Market myself better.
3. Continue my animal portraits.
4. Make sure to make time to create my own art and illustrations."
"To become an art director for a clothing brand I love. Ideally my own brand, NOMAD. Illustration is my first love but doing my thesis work and getting a taste of doing everything myself with the clothing line was unreal. Coming up with my brand identity, and lifestyle was really fun. Creating the patterns, graphics, and designs for the clothes and actually getting to see my designs turn into real products was incredible! I also fell in love with the product photography, setting up my backgrounds and working with my models. Even doing the editing and putting together my magazine was awesome. For right now I want to build up my brand, but ideally in 10 - 15 years from now, my dream would be to art direct for NOMAD and oversee everything."
We will be posting again soon to show and tell about last weekend's awesome camping trip to Colorado Bend State Park! It was a much needed weekend of adventurous hiking and re-energizing hammock sitting!
Thanks for reading!