In 1997 I went returned to college to get a BFA in Arts Education. I quickly learned that teaching school would not be for me after a week long observation of a middle school art class. Whew! My deep felt respect for all teachers especially middle school!
I decided to get my BFA in Graphic Design after a fun web project had me hooked. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000 and started my design career! I quickly found a niche in the non-profit arena. But I always loved working with my freelance small business clients, helping to set them up for success.
In 2008 I added photography to my side gig line-up beginning with portraits, stepping into weddings and ultimately settling nicely into branding photography. It wasn’t even called branding photography then!
In 2015 I stepped into the world of full-time entrepreneurship running two businesses. It’s been quite a journey and now, 20 years into all of it, Tenth House Creative has been born, providing strategic branding design and photography.
Why Tenth House?
I’ve always been intrigued by mystical modalities like astrology. The more I learned about myself, the more I came to find that I was born to communicate in visual and creative ways.
Without getting too geeky, it’s all about your Tenth House in your natal chart — your house of career and work and how you do that within society.
So I’m here to visually communicate. Oh, and an astrologer told me once, I have the gift of sight. So it really does seem like my destiny.
How I Work
I use my intuitive vision (right brain!) and my pragmatic approach (left brain!) to create exactly what you need, whether that’s a logo, a website, branding images or other marketing collateral.
I’m versatile having worked with corporations, communications firms, nonprofits and small businesses in a variety of industries. My ability to transcend genres allows me to fuel and stoke my creative juices. It also means that when I’m working with you, my focus is on your needs and creating something that resonates with you and your audience.
I’m an expert in Adobe CC so I’ve got those hard skills down. Here are my top three soft skills:
• Listening to you and working with you to find just the right solution to your design needs.
• Finding just the right image, font and/or color to create or reinforce your brand.
• Keeping files organized. Who wants to spend hours looking for a photo? I certainly don’t!
And now, to get to know me a little better here’s a few random facts about me:
• I’m a yoga teacher! Om, shanti.
• I’m a cat person.
• I am a flower junkie! I love flowers of all kinds and have probably taken thousands of photos of them!