“Remember that kid from school who knew she was going to grow up to be an artist? That was me.”
From drawing scenes on the back of placemats, to painting a mural in my middle school, I couldn’t help myself. So it surprised no one when I ended up studying graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I worked as in-house graphic designer after college, and from there I moved to Tucson where I went back to school (to study business) and set up my own award-winning graphic design studio.
“I was itching to start painting again.”
Graphic design is computer-based, and I missed creating art with paints and canvas. When my son Syver came along and I took time off to be a mom, I grabbed the opportunity to get back to painting. While Syver napped, I painted. Soon, the idea for my Desert Dwellers flash cards was born, and a collection of acrylic paintings inspired by the Sonoran desert.
“I’m bringing together everything I’m passionate about.”
With Desert Dwellers flash cards, all of my loves – painting, graphic design, and of course my little boy – come together. My parents are both retired teachers and I have taught visual communications at a local university. I love nothing more than seeing my flash cards in action – in a game, or a classroom. That’s why I included activities in the flash card sets too. Want me to present to your school?
“No batteries required – just how I like it.”
As a parent and a business owner, my life can get crazy. And even though I make my living through computers and new technology, sometimes I love for my family to just get back to basics – creating art, playing Legos and making music with our band The Nap Skippers. I hope my flash cards fit right in with that mindset: a slower pace, quality time, and definitely no batteries!
- Artist Julie Rustad