I hope you found my showcase creative. If you see something you like, it may be available for purchase; or, if you would like me to design something from scratch, please contact me at Trish at contemporary-native dot com. Thank you!
Trish was born in South Dakota and raised on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation just West of the mighty Missouri. Trish first discovered art at the age of three when she freehand copied the head of a horse from a hand-me-down art book. At 11 she won her first logo contest. At 12 she had her first art show hung in her Junior High School Library. By high school she was designing most of the school event programs and the graduating classes' logos and shirts. Needless to say she thought she was all that by the time she went off to attend Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD.
College turned out to be a whole other world to someone who never took a real art class, had a high school graduating class of 27 people, and who's spare time was taken up by pig farming and cattle ranching. But she persevered eventually graduating with an Associates in Commercial Art, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Arts with a Graphics Emphasis, and a Psychology Minor. She also placed in numerous University sponsored art and graphic shows, winning one, and did graphic design work for several University clubs, eventually working in the graphic design department for the University itself. Contemplating becoming a professional student, she also came close to degrees in Fine Art, Psychology, English and Industrial Technology. But after six years of college, a real career beckoned.
For the first five years following University, Trish worked her way up from production artist to graphic designer. Granted, like most commercial art graduates of the time, she assumed she was destined for an ad agency, but there are not a lot of ad agencies in South Dakota and, for the few there were, competition was high. Production art turned out to be a godsend. From her five years as a working production artist for screen, web, pad, offset and digital press (and embroidery), Trish became a CMYK expert and understands what it entails to take a great design from idea to print seamlessly. Not all her work was strictly production art, however, in 1997 she designed the Miller Lite Beer State T-Shirt design and showed several independent fine art shows.
In her early 30s, Trish made the jump to Graphics Manager and hasn't looked back. She learned the ins and outs of following a brand from working with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Compaq and HP to name a few. In 2006 two of Trish's logo designs were published in "The Secret Life of Logos" book by Leslie Cabarga, and was a featured designer in the March 2008 Spring Designing Women, Design Center professional online newsletter. (Trish has since been published in three more books since this writing.)
Trish's passion is, and has always been, logo design and brand development, and she is a strong advocate of consistency in advertising. Career taking up much of Trish's early adult life, she only recently married for the first time and has started a family. She has a 6-year old son and 3-year old daughter, but, at the tender age of 44, Trish believes her career is still just taking off.