For me, life’s all about pursuing your passion(s). And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few years. I changed my corporate job for the life of an illustrator, hand-letterer and surface pattern designer.
I literally feel like I’m being fuelled up when I draw and paint. Although my business is still small and in its early stages, I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love for a living. I also want to support and help other creatives who are hoping or starting to do the same. That’s why I teach on Skillshare. And that’s why I want to start a No Blog where I ponder the struggles and triumphs of an artist from a very personal point of view. I wanna make it kind of a combo of lessons learned, diary entries and topics that other creatives are struggling with or want to learn about. So far, the No Blog is still in the brewing stages, but I will announce its launch on my social media as soon as I go live with it.
I get fuel from gratitude, which I try to cultivate as much as I possibly can (and remember) ;). I’m into travelling, pretty spaces, pastel colours, candy (hoping to delete this word from here in the future ;), art supplies, peonies, ranunculus, books, white t-shirts and coffee with tons of milk. And warm weather – too bad I live in Finland.
I consider myself mainly self-taught as an artist. Although I got a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, I actually studied English and linguistics at the University of Helsinki. Over the years, I’ve taken tons of art classes and programs. I’ve also studied to become an interior designer, but that has since turned into a (useful) hobby. Before my final leap of faith, I worked for 15 years in sales and marketing for the IT branch. Which definitely taught me a lot but also wasn’t my calling.
And that list just made me sound like I’m a hundred years old. But I’m not. I’m in my forties. 🙂
In my free time, I doodle and craft with my daughter, play Minecraft with my son (unfortunately he’s not into it anymore), plan to go running with my husband or desperately try to teach my labrador how to walk nicely on a leash. My personal growth goal is to start meditating daily, but it’s proven to be quite a challenge.