As a researcher, designer, artist, and educator, my scholarship and creative endeavors are centered around three core goals which are to: understand the creative process via both research and practice; enable artists and designers to have self-sustaining careers; and develop tools to help artists succeed in art and business. For the first goal, I investigate the creative process through my own art and design practices as well as research into other artist’s processes. To achieve my second goal of enabling artists to have self-sustaining careers, I teach visual arts management and design management while studying current management techniques and market conditions in the arts. I work towards my final goal of developing business tools for artists through teaching at Columbia College Chicago as well as my art consultancy practice, Art Ally, which helps artists and designers develop goals, working processes, business plans and self-management skills for future success.
My cross-disciplinary scholarship and professional endeavors explore the work of integrating both business and art knowledge to help artists and designers succeed. My research interests revolve around:
Creative processes and transferable skills of artists and designers