What is Art?

Last night my fiancé and myself visited an art gallery. The Louvre was the only other gallery I had every been to before this and it was, well, a radically different experience to say the least. As we wandered the nearly-vacant halls and pondered the many bizarre and obscure pieces, I found myself contemplating less the artwork itself or even the message it was (maybe?) trying to portray, but rather the artist behind each piece. What life experience did this person face that they would spend hundreds of hours building that wooden helicopter-thing populated by little white people? What mental state was this artist in when she stapled torn fabric to a frame and gave it a name?

I believe that all art has a purpose. Whether it is to transmit a particular message, answer some deep existential question, or simply to be appreciated for its beauty, true art is unique from a plastic doohickey pumped out of a factory because it has a little bit of the human who made it in its composition—and we all have something to say.

I have been an artist all my life. Even when I was colouring title pages for my science binder in grade three, I took it as an opportunity for me to create something beautiful. Graphic design has since become my medium and also my job, but I still approach each new project like my grade three title pages—each is an opportunity for me to inspire, captivate, fascinate.

My websites will never be put on display in a gallery and the business cards and brochures I’ve designed will probably be forgotten at the bottom of purses and junk drawers, but the purpose of everything I’ve created remains the same: I hope that this world will experience a little more beauty because of it.

My new blog!

Well, two candles have been lit on the advent wreath already, and I am so looking forward to going home to visit my family over the Christmas holidays! I fully intend to enjoy a glass (or two) of homemade eggnog by a crackling wood stove and destroy someone at Scrabble or Crib.

It was a crazy spring, summer, and fall—as always!—with many projects to keep me on my toes. It's been a fantastic year, really, and I would love to share some of my most recent work with you.

The Tree by Denise Williams - Book Cover
The Tree by Denise Williams - Flyers

A project almost seven years in the making, my sister finally released her first novel, The Tree! I'm not biased at all when I say that it is a fantastic read. Don't scoff. It really is. The cover was fun to design too.

Denise Williams

I also developed her new website. Be sure to check it out!

FacetoFace Ministries

I also had the incredible blessing of redesigning the website for FacetoFace Ministries. They played a huge role in my teenage years and it was a joy to give something back to them.

Talks by Ken Yasinski - CD cover design
Ken Yasinski, the founder of FacetoFace, is an excellent speaker and I was pleased to create the cover design for his new audio talks.

Finally, one of my most recent projects for a dear friend of mine, posters for her musical production, Willy Wonka Jr.! Lots of colour and candy. Definitely had fun with this one!

I had many more projects this year so feel free to check out my print design gallery and my websites! There are also more projects in the works so please check back soon!