Creative Evolution

For those of you who have read my blog for a long time, you may remember I used to write about fabric and sewing and quilting, with some knitting, crafts and recipes mixed in. They were my hobbies and creative outlets, especially when I worked in the corporate world. Yet, I always had dreams of bigger things, dreams of making my own designs.

With all the art, graphic design and illustration classes I’ve had over the past few years, my creativity has evolved, as well as my design skills and aesthetic.

Backyard Birds

I  believe it’s a good thing to evolve and keep changing and growing as a person and a creative. I look at it similar to musicians who come out with new albums that have a different sound from their previous work. Some fans criticize them for changing too much. But I cheer them on for having the guts to experiment, step outside their comfort zone, and evolve.

I think everybody needs a passion, an outlet to express themselves. I am so passionate about the creative work I’m doing these days that it takes all my energy to tear myself away from the computer or sketchbook to tend to life. I’ve always had the need to create, to keep on doing what I love to do. I strive to try new things, to not do the same kind of thing over and over again, to be different, to be the best I can be. This post reminded me to be as outstanding as I can be.

Backyard Critters

These days, I am into developing branding and identity work, dreaming up illustrations, creating surface patterns, experimenting with typography, learning how to combine hand lettering with illustrations, making art books, designing stationery, notecards, postcards, notebooks, stickers, and my favorite, field guides. It’s very rewarding to look back at where I’ve come to where I am now. I am so excited to be on this creative path, to have the opportunity to go back to school and learn all these creative and technical skills, and to learn how to look at life in a different light.

(Note: new series of backyard critters illustrations featured here are coming to my shop soon!)

Thanks for stopping by.



  • Bravo! Thanks for being an inspiration.

  • You are succeeding by leaps and bounds too!!

  • Best of luck and success on your path! Having worked in the past for a graphic artist and marketing company, and having enjoyed all kinds of creative endeavours myself (though much smaller scale and less professionally – :-), I appreciate all the exploits you share here. Your talent deserves to be showcased!

  • Hello Terri,

    If you dream it you can create it. Best of luck.
    Happy creating.

  • I think it’s wonderful, Terri. It is so fun to watch people figure out their niche and go for it. Keep on rockin’!

  • That little post you linked to was a good reminder. I think we often spend too much time comparing ourselves with others online, and feeling we don’t match up creatively. At least that is how I feel much of the time. It’s such a bad habit to get into because then it really limits our own personal creativity. Anyway, your backyard critters are adorable. Your designs have such a recognizable style which I just love. I hope those little critters will be available in note cards. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for taking an interest, Cindy! I really love following those illustrators whose article I shared, so I’m happy to hear you liked their inspirational post too. When it comes to creativity, I believe you can’t compare yourself to others because it’s just what comes out of you naturally.

      Thanks for the backyard critter love! It’s one of my favorite series of illustrations. I definitely plan to offer note cards very soon, so stay tuned.

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