A little about me...
As mentioned, I have been a Graphic Designer since 2005 and an artist all of my life. If I am not designing a website, logo or marketing collateral, I am painting giant canvases with left-over house paint, taking part in local "Art Battles", or creating fused glass art for my business KaBe Art Glass. I express myself creatively every day of my life. I am grateful to say that I am one of the few who loves their job!
Born & raised
I was born in Toronto, but at about age 8 or so, my family moved to PEI where I was raised. It was a great place to grow up. I began taking weekly or bi-weekly art classes by an amazing Island artist Maurice Bernard. He taught me many techniques and praised me for my style of painting. I'll always remember how he encouraged me to keep my brush "messy" leaving multiple paint colours on it at a time, making for more interesting strokes. I am very honoured to have had that valuable time with him. I truly believe that I would not be the artist I am if it wasn't for him.
Nearing the end of High School, I knew I had to continue with my creative path in life, but didn't know how to apply it to "real life". I did some research and decided to take the Graphic Design course at Holland College. It was a great experience of self-discovery. I learned a lot about myself during those 2 years in college. The course not only taught me how to apply my talent to real world situations (aka making a career of it) but it also assured me that I have the talent to make it work.
Shortly after graduating from Holland College, I realized that PEI was not the place for me. Unfortunately PEI does not have many advertising agencies or graphic design shops so I set my sights for the big city and moved to Toronto.
Finally I have blossomed and am slowly becoming the artist that I always dreamed to be! I am currently working as a full-time Graphic Designer for a Toronto based software development company. My day-to-day job allows me to apply my creative skills to both web and print projects. I am given the opportunity to continually be challenged and continually learn and adapt to the ever changing world of art, technology and design.
A couple of years ago I started a fused glass "hobby" business (a hobby which pays for itself) with my mother called KaBe Art Glass
. We get together on weekends to brainstorm and create beautiful fused glass pieces including necklace pendants, earrings, decorative serving dishes, wine charms and more. We are constantly expanding our business and product line. We are also on the verge of launching our new wall clock line and cufflinks. We take part in local fairs and art/craft shows, selling our lovely fused glass pieces. If your lucky, and find my mom at her office or heck, even out for breakfast, she will sell you pendants right out of the trunk of her car!
When I'm not designing or fusing glass, I am painting at home or in front of hundreds at the local Art Battle
. I've been fortunate enough to be featured on the internet talk-show: the Nat & Marie Show
. The recorded version of the show can be viewed here
(starts at about 25 min in). The one-on-one Art Battle took place while the 2 founders of Art Battle were being interviewed and votes were being cast online via twitter hashtags. Thanks to the wonderful viewers I was fortunate enough to win the battle!
In June 2013 I took part in a fundraiser for the Woman's College Hospital called Paint the Halls
, where 75 artists had 75 minutes to paint a 6'x6' mural. The old hospital was filled with about 1500 spectators who cast votes to determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for the night. My painting was photographed and a great article was written about the event "Hospital serves up blood bag cocktails & gets a paint job
Well, that's me! Or at least so far.
If you would like to connect with me to learn more, discuss a design project, commission some art, purchase some fused glass or grab a cup of joe contact me anytime.