I love color, and my passion is to create playful, whimsical and sometimes quirky art that makes people happy, giggle, and smile.

I am a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. I have been a commercial illustrator, designer, graphic artist, website designer, and fine artist for over 25 years. 

I am passionate about creating beautiful art through drawing and painting, using both traditional and digital techniques. With the help of Procreate and my Apple Pencil, I bring to life illustrations that are inspired by the vibrant world around me. Every day, I immerse myself in the beauty of nature through long walks on the beach, hikes in the mountains and the San Diego Safari Park. My artwork can be found on various products such as packaging, calendars, fabric, greeting cards, children’s books, kids meal boxes, art prints, and home decor. Some of the esteemed clients I have had the pleasure of working with include Verizon, Sonic, Chili’s, Del Taco, Dream Smart Academy (goal setting workshops), Shaka Coffee, and CH Products (video game products).

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History and Education

After college I worked creating art and illustration for a packaging company in Dallas. Some of our clients were Sonic, Chilies, and Del Taco.

I moved to California in to be a graphic designer in the video game industry. I worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years where I created corporate illustration and art for websites. Even though I dabbled a little with traditional and digital illustration at Verizon, when I left that job, I got serious about illustration.

I owned my own graphic design corporation and managed eight clients and three contractors for 18 years. Red Edge Graphics.

Today, I am now a full-time illustrator, teacher, and and make art for products. 

Education

  • BFA in Advertising from University of North Texas 
  • 37 hours from the Apple Regional Multimedia Center, Plano Texas
  • Fine art workshops and studios classes: Greg LaRock; Debra Huse;   Richard Morris; Studio 2nd Street with Ron and Vanessa Lemen in Encinitas, CA; and Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA 

Contact me through Instagram or email me.

Other Websites—-

Red Edge Graphics http://rededgegraphics.com 

Christian Art Lessons https://www.christianartlessons.com

Karen Brake Fine Art http://www.karenbrake.com

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