Once a Scribbler,
always a Scribbler...
Born a scribbler, I painted my way to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Painting from the University of Denver. Aptly enough, my first experience as a professional artist was at Scribbles Ink, a stationery studio in La Jolla, California. Rich and plentiful opportunities followed to perform freelance design in San Diego, Monterey and Northern California. In San Francisco, I acted as Graphic Design Project Manager at The North Face. Jumping coasts, I was on-site graphic designer at Ginger Bender Stationery, Etc and a consultant to the Arts Council of Northwest Florida in Pensacola. Norfolk and Alexandria, Virginia have been the centers of my design work most recently.
I marvel at the details and embellishments of decorative designs in antiques and fine art. These are strong influences in my own work. I have a love for fine papers and printing techniques – engraving, watermarks, antique monograms and typography, and Italian handmade papers. The timeless quality of Crane's® 100% cotton paper is used for printing the designs. Each design is carefully handpainted with acrylics and watercolors. I strive for a marriage of my fine art and graphic design skills.
The Seahorse Designs logo is symbolic of childhood memories on the beach, and gazing at the aquarium at the Marine Room where I had dinners with my grandparents. Trips to the seashore with my husband and our children keep these memories alive.
I am charmed by the beauty, confidence and grace these little creatures display. My hope and intent is that these little gifts of art and paper will inspire or capture a special moment in your life.
Cheers! JJ Hogan, Artist/Designer