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Inner Landscapes

January 4, 2017
2017 New Year Compilation

I was thinking today about the ideology surrounding the promises of a new year, new beginnings, a fresh start. It seems the perception of time and personal fulfillment are synonymous with perfection, tomorrow is another day, future versions of ourselves. The ‘Anne of Green Gables’ philosophy as it was.

I compiled the above images inspired by my feelings toward the new year. So far it hasn’t started off very perfect, and feels more like an extension of December but I think that I am okay with that. Not having a master plan, living in the moment, maybe even being spontaneous 😮



Instead of making a make or break Resolution List, I’d like to focus more on experiences and memories beginning with the following goals:

  • Lean down – Lose 10 pounds
  • Become more financially free – Pay off 5 credit cards
  • Take on Challenges – Run a half Marathon
  • Hike a 14er
  • Take a Photo Journal road trip
  • Start Freelancing/ Explore more personal art projects
  • Travel somewhere new

Stay warm out there!

Design Inspiration

Brainstorming 101

November 27, 2016

Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I thoroughly enjoyed mine as it was the first year we celebrated as adult siblings, aka sibsgiving.

With all the extra time off this week, I’ve been thinking more about personal design projects, design contests, photography, freelancing. Although still in the early stages of brainstorming; I’d really like to invest more time into side projects and promoting my own personal brand. I created a visual mood board and keywords to start off but still haven’t landed on any solid brand names. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear more ideas :)

Mood and Vibe

Personal Brand Moodboard

Brand Tags

Lifestyle, Texture, Typography, Emotional Expression, Modern, Logo Design, Web Design, Creative, Illustration, Color, Expressive, Moody, Epic, Profound, Thoughtful, Soul Bound, Journey, Creation, Air, Exhale, Depth, Imagination, Tangent, Tangible, Vertex, Wander, Hand-drawn Type, Vibe, Synergy, Explore

Life and Things

Nifty Gifties

November 20, 2016
photo credit @christmascoziness

Can you believe its almost Thanksgiving? Mentally I’ve already skipped over November in anticipation for snow, gift-giving, splurging, time with family etc. Since time moves extra quickly this time of year, I’ve compiled a gift list of unique ideas and concepts to surprise your special people with something new and different this year.

7 Gift Ideas that will Blow the Pants off Other Gift Ideas

A Planter that is a Cat. From: Barruntando | $30.47

Modern, Wall-Mounted Eternal Flame. From Touch of Modern | $165.99

Photo Credit @Touch of Modern

Hand-crafted Artisan Jewelry. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $26

Photo Credit @
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Hand-made all Leather Messenger Bag. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $135

Photo Credit @Story Weaver Merchantile

Giclee print of Your Home State. From: Milk and Honey Bread | $20+


One-of-a-kind Secret Wood Ring. From: Secret Wood  | $145

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Customized Wine Club Membership. From: Winc | $52/month

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Life and Things

174 Days

September 22, 2016
photo credit @Simone Brahmino

So Facebook was kind enough to inform me that I haven’t posted anything to my blog in 174 days. So it’s been awhile…

This year has been a much need ‘namaste’ for me and honestly it has been one of the best years as far back as I can remember. Reading through old blog posts revealed a long-forgotten New Year’s Resolution List I had made in January. Below is the list I made at the beginning of the year and today I crossed off everything that had been accomplished so far.

  1. Take on weekly personal art projects
  2. Repurpose one piece of furniture
  3. Take more Yoga Classes
  4. Work out 3-4 weekly
  5. Lose 8 lbs (not 10…8lbs) (lost 12 lbs actually)
  6. Continue Green Juicing
  7. Cut back on Rockstars (cut back is relative)
  8. Run a 10k
  9. Attend a Meetup
  10. Pay back one credit card
  11. Read more (read 2 books…so technically more than last year)
  12. Visit a foreign country (went to Mexico!)
  13. Network with other designers (this one could be more but still counts)
  14. Photography trips

Cheers to making goals and crossing off lists. Happy (almost) Friday everyone.

photo credit @Simone Brahmino

photo credit @Simone Brahmino


New Portfolio Added: Forgotten Tales

March 7, 2016
Forgotten Tales Title

It’s March already can you believe it! I have been a little distracted and pre-occupied as of late with life, work, play, so its been awhile since I’ve posted. Today, I wanted to share some older work of mine; but, still very reflective of who I am as a designer.

As projects often go, my original thought process was to create something edgy, dramatic, moody and dark executed in a thoughtful, mysterious package. Throughout the brainstorming and drafting process, I slowly drifted away from my original mood-board but still managed to capture the mythical playful oddity and wonder of the piece.
Original Moodboard

Always an important concept to learn throughout art and design that its not about forcing an idea, but letting the organic creativity take a direction of its own in a controlled, directed environment. Allowing ample time for the “brainstorming phase” which is so often rushed in the modern workload. Cheers to letting ideas blossom on their own! Forgotten Tales is my magna opus of such a lesson.

Hand Drawn Title


Interior Booklet

Drawn Numbers

Animation Clip 1

Animation Clip 2

Forgotten Tales Clip


Fresh Finds IV

February 15, 2016
Photo Credit @Said Dagdeviren

I wanted to share the inspirational work of artist Said Dagdeviren from Istanbul as he shares a powerful message of nature, wildlife, and preservation. We all leave a footprint behind, what’s your legacy?


Photo Credit @Said Dagdeviren

Photo Credit @Said Dagdeviren

Photo Credit @ said-dagdeviren

Photo Credit @ Said Dagdeviren

Photo Credit @ Said Dagdeviren

Photo Credit | Said Dagdeviren




Hit Refresh

November 2, 2015
Photo Credit @battery_full

Hello good people! Hope you all had a great weekend, I took a short trip to the mountains today to get away from life, the city, my house…needless to say it was perfect and just what I needed to feel refreshed for a new week.

Speaking of refreshed, I thought it was about time for some good, old fashion typography inspiration. I love all things type, therefore; I found far too many examples to fit in one post so I’ll have to try to narrow things down. Enjoy!



Photo credit @battery_full



Photo credit @Luke Ritchie




Photo credit @Multiple Owners




Photo credit @Anton Brumistrov



Photo credit @Multiple Owners


Photo credit @Hanna Viktorsson


Photo credit @Jeff Rogers


After You, Fall

October 22, 2015
Fall Leaves

Fall is here; change is in the air. Whenever a time of change or transition occurs, even if only seasonal, I immediately feel the need to align myself with its cadence. Searching for inspiration, I stumbled across a few striking quotes with I felt were worth mentioning.


I tried to choose the most personally relevant bit for my image but there a few runner-ups which also deserve a place in this space.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
-W. Clement Stone

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-C.S Lewis

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!


Guest Artist Interview – Dave Hamann

October 7, 2015
Photo Credit@ Dave Hamann

Hello good people! I have some very exciting new interviews to share this month in continuation of local artist/designer spotlights. Tonight, it’s my privilege to introduce local photographer Dave Hamann from Colorado Springs, CO.

Take a look at our interview together and feel free check at more of his work from the links below.

Website | Behance


1. Tell us a little about yourself and how did you get into photography?

Like many photographers, my interest in photography started when I was young.  My grandfather was an amateur photographer who seemed always attached to a camera.  He bought me my first camera, a Pentax ME SE Super.  From there, my desire to capture great photos and master this new craft blossomed and I quickly found myself devouring the photographic series by Ansel Adams, The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. Invaluable reading for the novice photographer.


2. When did you start freelancing and how do you like it compared to industry work?

I started freelancing soon after graduating college.  Initially I began as a food photographer for local chefs.  I loved it!  I love a good still life and food photography is about as complex and challenging as they come.  I turned nearly full time art photography when we moved to Colorado. The landscape draws you in!




3. Walk us through a typical day.

A typical day is unfortunately not very exciting!  If the weather is cooperative, by that I mean moody and brooding with great clouds and the hint of a threatening storm, I will grab the camera and head outdoors (kids and wife permitting!).  Otherwise, I’m in the studio arranging some awesome looking vegetables or fruits I found on a run to the grocery store in some vain attempt to emulate the still life style of the old Dutch Masters!




4. Describe your style/aesthetic and where do you draw your inspiration?

Landscapes I’m 98% black and white.  I come from a black and white wet darkroom tradition and still believe that the absence of color in an image makes the viewer “see” the scene.  We see color all the time and removing that reference makes one rely on the line, texture, shape, and tones of an image – makes one “see”.  For my still life work I’m all “Dutch Master”, XVII century still life.  I am also a fan of photographer Paulette Tavormina’s work.



5. What are some of your favorite pastimes?

I love photography.  If I could, I’d love to hike into the backcountry for two or three months somewhere in Montana or Idaho, or even here in Colorado and just photograph!  That being said, I do like cooking and watching cartoons with the kids!


Thanks again!
Photo credits: Dave Hamann.


Life and Things

Kumbaya Moment

September 20, 2015

Do any of you remember the good old days of Myspace and the exuberant amount of mood sharing and homepage theme music? Makes me laugh just thinking about how incredibly irritating that personal theme music was! I am most certain that my status was comparable to a conflicted, deep and brooding fine artist. I actually pulled the photo above from my antique myspace account, sums things up perfectly!

If I could choose a mood status for my life now, I would have to go with feeling peaceful. I am very excited for the possibilities of new directions in life yet very content with how things are now. This is quite the accomplishment considering I’m the biggest planner/worrier on the planet.

During this kumbaya moment, I wanted to share some of my favorite desktop backgrounds. No computer should be left at default settings, no computer… Enjoy!credit @designlovefestcredit: | download herecredit @ Nancy Mccabecredit: Nancy McCabe | download here
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