It's nice to meet you!
This image is like graphic chit-chat. You know, the kind of random things we may briefly talk about in person before jumping into business: The weather, the grouchy guard dog next door, how I envy your latest trip to Paris...
I've been drawing my whole life. I made my own greeting cards, illustrated most of my homework, and even got in trouble for doodling on the SAT!
Now, people hire me to draw for them. People from major corporations (like Google and Kohl's Department Stores) to nonprofits (like TEDx and Foster Youth in Action) and everyone in between.
One squiggly line says it all!
I love to draw!
I really enjoy realistic drawing but rarely have time for it. I do draw every single day though, even if it's just a quick doodle.
Studio art: Drawing
Although a while ago, my studies in art trained me to find the underlying structure in things and to tackle the most complex problems the same as the simple ones - one line at a time.
Here, a few pencil drawings from my undergrad work in studio art.
Commercial Art: Caricatures
My studies in commercial art trained me to keep things simple. Also, that many folks crave an element of surprise and a touch of whimsey - still big parts of my work today.
Here, two caricatures from my undergrad days.
Graphic Design: Letters
Standardized fonts can be fabulous. But hand-drawn letters can create a very personal, powerful, and memorable impact unlike any other.
Here are two examples from my undergrad portfolio. As evident in my current work, I still like to have fun with letters!
Master of Science: Deep dive into Creativity & Visual Thinking
This timeline gives a quick glimpse into the very rich history of the International Center for Studies in Creativity. The elements included have some personal relevance to me - especially my graduation!
A handful of my work has been published in several Children's Better Health Institute Magazines (Children's Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack & Jill) and Boy's Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.
Ongoing project: Happy mail
I create and send "happy mail" to critically ill kids pretty much every week. It all started when I was teaching, as a way for my students to see how much more there is to art than just "art for art's sake".
Amazed at the impact, both on the kids in my classes and on the receiving end, I decided to keep it going.
Visuals for Learning
Even in my teacher credential program, I used visuals for practically everything! Math, reading, history...it didn't matter, I made it visual.
This is an example of one of my more popular math assignments that I used while teaching art, too. Who says numbers can't be fun?
Visuals for Students
"Since everything in a drawing is visible at once and must hold together, a high degree of organization is required. Loose and sloppy thinking becomes obvious even to young children." (Torrance, p.131)
Visuals helped me keep the thinking in my classroom clean and clear. The top pictures show kids evaluating all the ideas they generated (frequently done visually). The bottom image is a visual syllabus for a cartooning class.
Torrance, E.P. (1979). The search for satori and creativity. Buffalo, NY: Creative Education Foundation.
Visuals for Teachers & Parents
Bright, energetic, creative visuals set the stage for bright, energetic, creative learning environments. Here are two of a couple dozen signs I was asked to create for a preschool parent activity night to set the stage for a rich, colorful, and very engaging evening.
These signs were created with construction paper on posterboard.
Visuals for the Public
One of my favorite parts of teaching involved sharing my students' work with the public through annual school-wide displays, numerous displays in Bay Area public libraries, and even several museum quality displays in the San Francisco International Airport. Sharing is a big part of the creative process!
About working with me
Here's what people say, visualized of course!
People hire me to draw for them - people from major corporations (like Google and Kohl's Department Stores) to nonprofits (like TEDx and Foster Youth in Action) and everyone in between.