Art is my life. Design is my career.

I always wanted to be an artist; I studied fine art in school and on Saturday mornings at the Toledo Art Museum. But it wasn’t until high school, when I worked my first job that I saw a way to make art for a living.

I worked in retail at the local mall. Spending hours and hours restocking clothing racks, and styling mannequins you start to pay attention to the details. I found myself staring at the designs, appreciating the craftsmanship and, more often than not, I’d see my favorite ones sell like hotcakes. Pretty soon, everywhere I looked; there was this challenging and rewarding way to professionalize my passion. The window booths I passed on my lunch breaks. The various graphics hanging in the food court vendors. Even at home watching television, I envied characters that worked at ad agencies and coveted their imaginary careers. 

My fascination with design never left me and, in 1999, I graduated with a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. From there, I went on to work at COSI Toledo, Dynamic Dies, WebArt and BusinessVoice, creating designs for advertisements, websites, murals, brochures, invitations, signage and more. I’ve also owned my own businesses (Expressions by Kristin, Hand & Eye Designs) and recently gone back to school, earning my degree in Web Development and Support in 2009, to preserve the quality, effectiveness and relevance of my abilities. 

Signage that I created is still up at Imagination Station, previously COSI Toledo, helping educate young minds even all these years later. Only my two lovely daughters, whom I consider to be my finest work, make me prouder. My wish is to continue supporting them by doing what I love with clients and businesses who understand the importance of hard work, faith and family.