I have been in art classes since I was eight years old. As a child, I went to art camps and took every opportunity I had to practice my skills. In high school, I took advanced art classes and started selling portraits my junior year. I sold more than a dozen portraits before graduating. In college, I continued to paint and draw—more for my own pleasure—and decided that pursuing a degree in visual communications was the way I wanted to go. I enjoyed working on the school yearbook, learning how to lay out magazines, and discovering how to turn my artwork into digital media through Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.
This was helpful to me when my best friend and I started our own graphic design business. During that time, I also began hand lettering—creating art prints for friends and family—and experimenting with canvas, markers, and watercolors. I never considered myself a calligrapher. I didn’t buy the fancy feathers or messy inkwells, and I didn’t take any classes. I just began developing my own style, and people started asking me if they could buy what I created.
Then I was asked to become a wholesale artist for a storefront. It was at this point that I realized I had found something I loved doing and people wanted, so I worked hard to perfect my skills and acquire the best materials. My canvases were expensive for me to create and for others to purchase, so I looked for a less expensive option so that everyone could have my artwork. Eventually I began digitizing my artwork and creating the eight-by-ten-inch art prints you see in my shop now.