A Journey of a Creative

Various products I have worked on in the last 28 years through my career as a graphic designer.

Various products I have worked on in the last 28 years through my career as a graphic designer.

Good day everyone. I thought I would talk about how I got started at being a creative. When I was young I always loved music, art, dance along with many other things that were creative but I didn’t get into being a graphic designer until I got married and was looking for a job. I started off at a newspaper that did things the old fashioned way with paste up boards and cut out letters, borders and other graphics. That was a fun job because the newspaper had to do with horses and I love horses.

From there I moved to designing kits for a housing development. I did the layout for the housing specs to purchase a home, the layout of the home and any and all materials that people needed to decide if they wish to buy the home from this developer. This too was a pretty cool job because I got to see the houses they built at the time which were for retirees.

I took a break from this type of work to have a baby girl that is now 24 years old. Once she was two years old I got a job at a game company, Westwood Studios (which was bought by Virgin Games and eventually Electronic Arts), and that was a pretty awesome job. I worked with the producers of the games to create marketing materials to promote the game along with game boxes, manuals and anything else they wanted to include for gamers. I did a newsletter for the company that we sent out to those that signed up from the games purchased.

I moved on to a printing company that did several of there own tourist magazines for the Las Vegas area as well as took on other magazines to be printed. I handled preflight of those magazines to check them for problems before we created the films for the printer. Eventually the company designed a magazine from scratch for Nevada Woman and I got to be part of that team. It was high pressure with deadlines but also a lot of fun.

In 1995 I decided I could do this type of work on my own and created my design company. I took on various small jobs for a while so that I could spend more time at home with my daughter until she went to school. We then moved to Pahrump, NV and I did the stay at home wife, mother role until 2000.

I had the opportunity to be a part of creating a magazine for tourist in Las Vegas called Vegas Visitor. That magazine was produced weekly and I was able to work that around being a wife and mother. In 2001 the same publisher decided to take over a magazine called Trip Sheet Magazine, which is a transportation publication for those that drive taxi’s, limos and shuttle buses in Las Vegas. This publication was a monthly one and so I was doing five magazines a month all from my home. We utilized email, phone calls and regular mail to get things back and forth. It was a busy time but it was also a fun time. I felt energized by producing so many publications each month. Eventually, the Vegas Visitor publication was dropped because it wasn’t producing enough revenue, which left me with the one publication that I still work on monthly even today.

While working as a graphic designer I also began taking photographs more as a hobby and to experiment with my camera when advertisers needed something for an ad. I got the opportunity to video half a dozen weddings and take the photographs for two of them. I enjoyed that because I was creating memories for others on that special day. Video editing turned out to be a lot of fun and something that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I now dabble with that from time to time but no longer do wedding videos. I decided photography was more my thing and now focus on the things I love, which are my daughter, pets, wild life, flowers and landscapes.

My husband and mother-in-law are both artists and due to that I opened a gallery in 2006 in Pahrump. We had 800 sq ft of space but I managed to construct walls and an arrangement that allowed us to have over 200 pieces of artwork from local artists as well as my husband and mother-in-law in the gallery. Due to unforeseen circumstances with the building we had to close just a year later. Then the economy took a hit and it was not something the town could support so I did not reopen it elsewhere.

Another great opportunity presented itself when I was asked to write a column in the magazine I was working on. That turned into two columns each month and I have been writing in the publication for a couple years now. Guess I can say I’m published. Writing for the magazine made me realize I enjoyed writing along with my photography. I’m now working on a couple books around my other obligations.

These are just the highlights to my life. All of these baby steps have guided me to where I am today. Now I have my own photography site and images to share with others that I hope will inspire and bless each person. 2015 promises to be a more productive year with new photographs available to be purchased and the books I am writing completed and published.

I could say I was lucky to fall into such great jobs to develop my creative side, but I like to think God had a hand in conducting my life to where it needed to be. Thank you for reading! Have a Blessed Day!

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  1. Kellie B. November 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Wow what an awesome journey and life of experiences you have had. All to play a part to bring you to this point. I look forward to reading your future posts and to see your photography :)

    • Lisa November 25, 2014 at 1:57 am #

      Thank you Kellie. It took the last year to open my eyes to see that my journey has been pretty great to this point. There is much to learn but much to look forward too also. Have a Blessed Day!

  2. Michael Dominguez November 22, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Lisa, it sounds like you have had a very blessed journey as a creative and your post has left me intrigued to ask further questions. Do you feel it was the choices you made that allowed you to find such a path or was it divinely inspired? Is your daughter also artist like you and your husband? Thank you for the great read and look forward to your future post.

    • Lisa November 25, 2014 at 2:00 am #

      Hello Michael, thank you for the post. To answer your question I feel that it was actually both. I have been someone brought up with a strong faith in God and I have always tried to just believe that the right doors would be opened to me and the wrong ones would be closed. Sometimes the choices came during difficult times but overall I’ve walked the path I felt led to walk. Yes, my daughter, Rebecca is also an artist/writer and just joined Noah U this week. Thank you for your support. Have a Blessed Day!

  3. Noah November 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Love the journey. Just goes to show we can have expectations as to how things might go but it always changes. Love how you just stayed available to be shaped and molded. Great attitude.

    • Lisa November 25, 2014 at 2:05 am #

      Hello Noah, thank you for commenting on my post. God has directed my path and I just happened to listen and follow it. The last year has made it more clear as to how he stepped in and did that. When in the moment you don’t always see it until you are looking back. God has guided my family to Noah U and through that my family is experiencing amazing changes that makes the future all that more exciting to see where it leads. Thank you. Have a Blessed Day!

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