My studio is in sunny California not too far from the Pacific Ocean. I come from a fine art and silk painting background and use those skills in creating surface design patterns. While I was a full-time mom to 3 sons, I began taking art classes at the local community college. Each semester, I would take a new class, progressing thru drawing, painting, color theory, and life drawing. This led to an interest in silk painting and more classes with many talented teachers and mentors. Since 2002, I have sold my art at art festivals, at art museums, in galleries and online.
I was always facinated with the experience that my teachers had with creating patterns which were printed on fabric. I had no idea how to do that, but during the COVID lockdown, I saw a tutorial online on how to create seamless repeating patterns on Procreate. I had to immediately go out and buy an iPad and the Procreate app! I watched tons of lessons on YouTube and Skillshare on how to master drawing/painting on the Procreate app and how to turn those drawings into seamless repeating patterns in different styles. And then I discovered that serious designers use Adobe Illustrator to create their designs in vectors rather than raster-based. So it was MORE classes and studying to learn this alternate way of making patterns. Fortunately, I love to learn!
Currently, I use a variety of methods- watercolor, digital drawing on Procreate, and Adobe Illustrator- combined to come up with the final illustrations.