education & experience
La Palette Art School
I was incredibly lucky to have been enrolled in a weekly art class at a young age, and studied under renowned Watercolour Artist Renate Heidersdorf from 1998 to 2006. I learned so much from her, but most importantly I learned that there’s no such thing as perfection, that staying true to yourself and your own style is essential, and to use my “Artistic License” (which basically means, do whatever you want, it’s your art! I teach this to all my students now!). I also discovered my love for Chicken Nuggets during this time, because my mom would always take me for a Happy Meal on my way home from art class.
High School Theatre Program
So yes, I was a Teenage Theatre Nerd. This is probably obvious, but I wasn’t exactly one of the “cool kids” in high school. I was artsy and weird, so my school’s Theatre Program was the perfect place for me to embrace what made me different instead of trying to fit in.I worked mainly on costume design, and was also tasked with anything requiring painting or drawing of any kind. It was by far the most enjoyable part of high school for me (okay possibly the only enjoyable part…other than discovering boys).
After high school, I was accepted into Dawson College’s competitive Illustration & Design Program. However, after three gruelling semesters, I switched into a more lighthearted program - Visual Arts - for the sake of my mental health. I firmly believe this was one of the best life choices I’ve made, and strongly advocate prioritizing mental health and listening to your gut instinct. (This was just the right choice for me, I know others who stuck with this program and came out on top). I graduated in 2009 with a Diploma in Visual Arts. Thanks to this experience, I have developed a teaching style that encourages my students to embrace their imperfections, their individuality - and most of all, to be kind to themselves.
After taking some time off to work and create, I took a year of Painting & Drawing courses to strengthen my technical skills and expand my portfolio. During this time, I hosted multiple group art shows and started a local Drink & Draw night for my fellow students and other creatives.
I learned a lot in school, sure, but traveling to Europe had an impact on my creative soul that is hard to compare with. The architecture, art history and culture of cities like Florence, Barcelona, London and Paris have enriched my life in ways I truly can’t even describe. A dream project would be to lead a Creative Retreat to any one of those cities, and provide others with the opportunity to explore and grow creatively.
Work Experience: Customer Service, Makeup Artistry & Graphic Design
Before I started Someday, I dabbled in a few different creative (and not so creative) fields. When I worked as a Makeup Artist in a retail setting, I realized that I am a terrible salesperson, and that I value honesty, authenticity and artistry much more than a quick commission. Working in a Customer Service call centre taught me that basically nothing is as big of a deal as we think it is, and just being able to chill the fuck out about everything is a superpower. And finally, working for a small company as a Graphic Designer taught me that small details matter, and that aesthetics are only as powerful as the value of the message behind them.