My interests have always been varied and subject to influence. I like to be around good people, but at times I feel too impressionable and so I seek out solitude to paint about it. I have to be careful to avoid escaping too much or I lose touch with reality and become lonely. People (myself included) sometimes forget how we need people but we also need balance.

I never thought I could be a designer because I have never been good with straight lines or right angles. I felt more like making organic and expressive forms, like animals, plants, people. I am not sure why I didn’t think I was good with computers when they were first introduced when I was in elementary school (late 90s/early 00s). Maybe it was a lack of interest in that kind of tactility until it weaved itself so tightly into the fabric of everyday life that I can’t imagine a world without it. I have recently come to appreciate the logic that holds up these pervasive systems.

A system can be a useful tool if users are given the opportunity to examine and criticize it. We are surrounded by complex combinations of 0s and 1s, which I don’t want to deal with myself, though I like talking to enthusiastic developers. I always knew my skill was getting people to open up, not because I asked them to, but because I am curious and knowledge-seeking.

I am currently working at a pen shop doing customer service, web design and email marketing. No matter what I do for a living, I’ll always love creating, exploring, learning, and breathing fresh air.