Curious creator from Bainbridge Island, WA
From as far back as I can remember, I could look at something and draw it exactly as it appeared. It is a gift I inherited from my mother, who was an artist. Creating art and designing has always been how I communicate and how I center myself. It is my meditation.
My career for almost 20 years was that of a successful fine artist. I specialized in photorealistic acrylic paintings. But I wasn't feeding all the parts of myself. So I furthered my education, and completed certificate programs in both UX and Web Design, and start taking on client projects all in the span of two years. Adding these new skills to my background of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and art allows me to pursue all my interests, both analytical and creative, at the same time.
In my free time I still enjoy painting, and getting outside as much as possible. Hiking, backpacking/camping and family time are essential to a happy and well-rounded me. Together, our family likes to pursue experiences and adventures that change and shape us, and inform us about the world outside ourselves. The more we get out of our own heads, listen, and experience, the more rich our lives become.
It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people's lives."
- Don Norman