I am the gatekeeper of my own destiny
and I will have my glory days in the hot sun.

— Nacho Libre

I'm Emily, I'm a graphic designer/artist, but I'm also many other things that matter. Its hard to say exactly what I am but its easy to tell you some things I care about.

I admire authentic, driven, and kind people who carry their own peace, follow their own tune and are show up when they say they will;  so thats a roadmap for who I hope to be. I'm deeply flawed but eager to be better. I believe in people's capacity to do great things. I want to do some too. Mostly that translates to being kind, doing my best work, and reaching outside my own bubble to improve the world around me. I'd like to spend more time making art that improves understanding, improves quality of life, speaks to the truth, and whenever possible, makes people smile. 

My perfect day would include being in the great outdoors, spending time with people that care about each other, laughing really hard, eating something good, accomplishing something new & challenging, and probably petting a dog. Add a falling star spotting, 10/10.


Things I like, in no particular order:

  • My dogs, also any other dog I happen upon, and most cats
  • being outside in many facets, swimming, hiking, biking or laying in my own backyard 
  • weekend naps
  • medium-spicy ethnic cuisine (but not cuy)
  • the idea of living a musical life or being prepared for impromptu dance battles
  • music as therapy 
  • painting as therapy
  • lifting weights as therapy
  • laughing until you cry as therapy
  • really good sushi as therapy
  • oversized blankets
  • tiny paintings 
  • silliness
  • trying new things that scare me just a little
  • creative problem solving
  • friendly debates
  • aggressive kindness
  • making anything into a competition
  • trying to learn new languages
  • all things Nat Geo, Jane Goodall, Brené Brown, Jane Eyre, or Mr.Rogers 
  • a good rainstorm
  • that time after the sun sets but before it gets dark on an infinitely long summer evening
  • the mist that never leaves the Pacific Northwest
  • the quiet expanses of Idaho 
  • travel as a means to make the world feel like home 
  • intersectional feminism 
  • bad advice columns
  • art history 
  • people who converse seriously with children and animals
  • all manner of crappy science fiction
  • Schwarzenegger, Wes Anderson, and Myazaki films
  • quality time
  • reliable cars
  • Dad jokes
  • Mom hugs
  • passionate thinkers
  • the smell of wet sage brush
  • 'others' that are real and wild and brave