Welcome! Penland Studios offers a unique background in technology, business management, and fine arts-providing a holistic approach to design. Undertanding your business helps create products that match your marketing goals and company personality.
My inspiration comes from my local environment. The robust palette of the Sonoma County landscape, the country charm of its small towns, and the warmth of the people provide so much to draw from. From photography to graphic design and fine art, I like to incoporate something from the natural surroundings into my work.
I am a graduate of Sonoma State University, where I earned my Bachelor's of Art in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. I went on to work in various accounting settings, including a CPA office, the State of California, and Tribal Governments. I particularly enjoyed conducting audits.Accounting & Business Management | Sonoma State University
I am continuing my education in graphic design at Santa Rosa Junior College and currently taking an advanced class in Adobe InDesign. I have also earned my certificates in Adobe Applications Specilist: Illustrator, Web Graphic Designer, and HTML Web Content Developer. I have also received my AA in Fine Art at SRJC.Graphic and Web Design, Fine Art | Santa Rosa Junior College
I am a graduate student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where I am in the Master of Fine Arts in Web Design and New Media. I am currentl working on my thesis project, which requires the design and development of an interactive multimedia website using original artwork only. Anticpated thesis project completion date in 2017.Web Design & New Media | Academy of Art University
Sonoma County Wine Country
I grew up in Healdsburg, California on a working ranch and vineyard on the outskirts of town. I spent many days on horseback roaming through the beautiful countryside that this area offers. Back then, there were very few wineries when my grandparents decided to plant a vineyard establishing Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery on Westside Road. My father served as winemaker for several years and my mother helped tie vines and with bookkeeping in the office.
A lot has changed since those days but I have always called this special place my home.