Could you tell us about your work? What inspires you?
- Iâ€™ve always been attracted to organic lines. I spent a lot of time in nature growing up (my father is a professional chainsaw artist), and I was always surrounded by untamed plant life, animals and birds (wild, tame, and sometimes a mixture of both), and I guess that rubbed off on me more than I realized.Â Iâ€™m also inspired by the simplicity of childhood. My imagination was my entire life when I was small, and I was always trying to make the fantastical reality. If I had had my own bedroom growing up, and an unlimited budget, my room would have been every little girlâ€™s dream world. However that wasnâ€™t possible, and instead I spent all my time daydreaming and writing and drawing what I could only wish was my reality.
How would you describe the style of most of your designs?
- I would say that my style is a mixture of fantastical, whimsical femininity with a wild side. Sometimes it comes off as sleek and stylish, but at the same time, itâ€™s completely wild and really pretty out there. Itâ€™s a little unpredictable, but under control at the same time.
How has your art changed over the years? Do you have any predictions of what it will be like in the future?
- I spent literally my entire life playing with different media and styles, trying to figure out what really clicked with me. As a teen, I was drawn to dark, macabre things, because that was where my head was at the time. But after I got married at 19, my life was full of new adventures, and I didnâ€™t have anything to brood about. It kind of confused me, creatively.Â When we had our son at 21, I started painting again. But what surprised me was the fact that I seemed physically incapable of invoking the gothic style I always loved. What came out of my brush was pure light and happiness, and I ran with it and never looked back.Â We had our second child, and I wanted to try something new again. I tried this exercise where you draw lines on paper, then build an entire picture around the scribbles. These vines started popping out of absolutely nowhere, and there was this magic moment where I realized that this is what my style is. This is where I am, now.Â Everything flows on its own and Iâ€™m just helping things along. My life is unpredictable, but never entirely out of my control. I have the basic idea in mind of where I want things to go, but fate has a way of guiding us that is undeniable to me. Everything always ends up the way it was supposed to be, whether it was what I expected or not.
What made you decide to work with pingg.com?
- Iâ€™m always looking into new venues to gain exposure, and Iâ€™m always up for a new adventure. I had never really thought about getting into invitation and card design, but pingg seemed like a lot of fun. There are a ton of choices, and because I draw all of my designs by hand, there is an endless line of possibilities to explore, creatively.
If you had to choose a favorite invite you have made, what would it be?
- I think my favorite design is Lilac Whimsical Vines.Â It would be really cute as a birth announcement, and it reminds me of something you might see in a fairytale kingdom with unicorns and trees made entirely of cotton candy. All the stuff I would daydream about as a little girl!
What benefits have you found the Internet has for your work?
- The Internet has been fantastic for me, creatively. There are so many possibilities out there, Iâ€™ll never get bored. Iâ€™ve done everything from selling art prints on Etsy, to designing webpages, to 3-D product texturing, and now invitation/card design for pingg. The Internet is basically the entire basis of my clientele. I rarely do any work locally, because itâ€™s too limiting. Working on the Internet opens my audience up so I can work globally.Â I started freelancing this year, and Iâ€™ve worked with people in England, Germany, the Philippines, and Australia, as well as various states across the US. I also recently landed a part time design job in marketing, where I can telecommute and occasionally travel for presentations. Basically, if it werenâ€™t for the Internet, Iâ€™d be stuck trying to sell paintings on the street to a very narrow audience. It didnâ€™t work for Van Gogh, and Iâ€™m so not down with the whole posthumous recognition thing.