Flymake began as I began to pursue freelance graphic design more seriously as a career. I quickly realized this had to become more than simply creating nice designs for people, and I began to take on ‘odd-projects’ such as mural-painting and live sand-art performances, around Ohio.
I have always loved teaching, and believe strongly in the power of imagery to communicate ideas more fully than words alone can accomplish. I received my teaching certification in Visual-Arts, (to teach art to grades K-12) in 2009. However, the opportunity to bring art and creativity OUT of the classroom, and into more ‘real-life’ public settings is my true passion. Whether I’m painting during live music at an organized event, or simply setting my easel up on a street corner somewhere, I LOVE when people encounter unexpected art. Creativity leaking into our daily routines, is a energizing reminder of what it means to be alive, and hopefully brings up new questions, which stirs more creative ideas!
The creative process itself is usually a private one, for a majority of artists. However, I choose to open up that “private studio” experience for others to watch, because vulnerability in this area shows others that they can take healthy risk, too. My art professor in college would often tell us “to risk is to be creative, because creativity is simply doing something that has never been done before.” My hope in creating live art for others to watch, is that they will gain something intangible (courage? boldness? energy?) that they can apply towards their own expression of creative problem solving in their personal lives. Whether their unique expression looks like ‘art’ or not, the important thing is growth and movement and curiosity towards life. Whether you see my art on an urban street corner, or during an organized event, the goal is the same: to stir up life & hope using visual communication!
Invite me to create LIVE art during your next event, or contact me about a commissioned work, today!