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Hi, I’m Bromwyn!

I’m a graphic designer, an illustrator and a naturalist.

 

It’s funny how I can look back on my childhood and see that my greatest passions have never really changed, and that ultimately those childhood passions have shaped my life.

As a child, I aspired to be an author and wrote dozens of little stories and began a few books. I spent as much time outside as I could, and Animal Planet was one of my favorite T.V. channels. I drew on every piece of paper that passed in front of me and somewhere along the line I expanded my interests to watercolor painting.

Knowing my childhood passions now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I spent the first half of my college career studying English and English Literature. When I realized that a degree in English was less about my own writing and more about analyzing the literary arguments of past English commentators, I decided that it was time to focus on another passion. I spent the second half of my college career studying Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree of Science. I loved every class I took (well, perhaps Rangeland Vegetation Measurements and Analysis was a bit dry) and basked in every random and minuscule fact about plants, animals and ecology. My degree lead me to a job as an Environmental Outreach Presenter at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, where I was able to share my enthusiasm with the elementary school students of Utah state. It was here, as I designed presentations and educational curriculum, that I first began to recognize my interest in design.

When my husband and I moved to Washington, I found myself working as a project manager for the Visual Studio Partner Program at Microsoft—it was a job that fell into my lap, and I was willing to give something new a try. Among other tasks, I designed notification emails and invitations, and I realized more and more that I was happiest in my job when I was designing something. After leaving my position as a project manager, I decided to take a leap and become a designer. I dove into Adobe Illustrator tutorials and inhaled everything I could on web design, graphic design and icon design—it’s an ongoing process.

Right now I call myself a graphic designer and illustrator, but my love of creation and learning make me eager to take on new challenges and try new things.