A bit about me ...
Good chemistry matters.
Here's a bit more about me ...
At the beginning of 2022, I did this fantastic exercise in attuning to my values using The Live Your Values Deck, by Lisa Congden and Andreea Niculescu. Actually, my partner and I did it together, and it was an experience profound in self-reflection and what matters to us most!
These are my values:
Whether it's for a nonprofit, a small business, or a fellow artist, I have a knack for custom-crafted designs for people and places that are spreading a little light and beauty in this world.
My design training began in 1999 at a vocational high school. I thought it was super cool that, at age 15, I got to design an awesome little art shop’s logo. It felt amazing to do something that supported artists in my community in such a tangible way. Fast forward 25 years later—I'm still as excited as I ever was to partner with people in realizing their aesthetic and vision.
With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit industry in program management and fundraising, I brought my passion for good design into newsletters, annual reports, and other communications before venturing on my own as a freelance designer and marketer.
I’m a detail-oriented artist, inspired by intelligent design in nature. Think cell structure, slime molds, diatoms, or the way water veins across a landscape. I’m drawn to bold contrasts—the interplay of natural hues and colors that pop.
Some other fun things about me:
I crossed the Indian Ocean in 2010 aboard a 36-foot sailing vessel and apprenticed with a silversmith in Kathmandu.
In 2017, I embarked on an 18-month family sailing adventure with my partner and toddler, from British Columbia to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
You'll find me in coral red lipstick, a lot. Even while I’m on a hike or sailing the open seas.
I have a special love for handicrafts, from textiles to metalsmithing, and I own another business, Elise + Co Jewelry, where I design and create nautical and botanical-inspired jewelry.