Creative Director, Illustrator & Educator
Hey, nice to meet you! I’m Kat, an illustrator, artist & designer who also likes to dabble in animation, 3D graphics, code, and occasionally spreadsheets. I’m a passionate lifelong learner and I love sharing tips & inspiration with my fellow creative professionals and digital artists.
I’ve always loved all things art and technology. If it was creative, I was in! (Especially if it happened on a computer.) In 2001, while still in high school, I landed my first job in the design industry as an intern at a local ad agency.
That job started a wild ride of learning, and over the next 5 years, I got to work with amazing people on projects that encompassed graphic design, illustration, animation, web development, and even coding.
When a colleague introduced me to Adobe Illustrator, I knew I’d found the perfect tool that fit my creative style. I saw the magic and flexibility of vector art and I was hooked!
For the next decade, I took on illustration and design jobs for dozens of clients from solo entrepreneurs, to San Fransico tech start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies. I also licensed a portfolio of 100’s of digital illustrations through agencies including Getty Images, Adobe, and Shutterstock.
I even ended up working on Shutterstock’s content team, reviewing thousands of vector illustrations for artistic & technical quality and vetting images for copyright, intellectual property, and trademark issues.
While I still love working on client projects and learning any new creative technology that comes along, I consistently come back to vector illustration as my favorite art form and now I’m excited to share all of the great tips & tricks I’ve learned over the past 20 years with you!
9 Lives Illustration, Kelowna BC (Present) – Illustration, Design & Training & Consultation
Shutterstock, Inc. New York, NY – Content Curation & Technical Review
Reviewed vector illustrations, designs, and art for artistic and technical quality as well as copyright, trademark, and intellectual property issues for inclusion in the royalty-free image collection at Shutterstock.com
Bizzy.io, San Francisco, CA – Design & Marketing Services
Designed custom illustration and branding, website development including custom theme work as well as social media and blog content creation.
Intergraphic Group, Cape Coral, FL – Graphic & Web Designer
Created designs for branding, marketing campaigns, websites, presentations, and signage. Worked closely with clients to define their needs and deliver comprehensive design solutions.
Education & Certifications
2022 – Adobe Certified Professional in Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
Ongoing Education & Certification – I’m passionate about continuing education. Every year I spend over 100 hours taking courses to keep my skills up to date and learn new technologies so I’m equipped to help my clients with the most modern solutions available.
Florida South Western State College 2002-2005 – I studied Communications, Liberal Arts, and Design while getting on-the-job experience working with clients.