A few words about me...
I am Beth Cornell. I began my career in design in middle-school where I began a business painting on clothing. I designed and painted jackets for $10 per jacket. Motivated by money, and many satisfied customers who were my peers, I found that filling a need in my community with my artistic and design skills was a great combination. From there, I went through a 3-year course of Graphic Design in high school (graduated 1985). Upon graduation, I began my career in the printing industry. I was fortunate enough to travel to Germany as the spouse of an Air Force Seargent where I learned from some of the best graphic design and printers in the business working for the USAPPCE (United States Army Printing and Publications Center, Europe '89-93). Upon returning to the United States, I transitioned to digital design and began working online with web and graphics ('95-present). I eventually owned my own business, Be Nice Design LLC, where I helped small and micro business startups develop a web presence. I worked remotely and collaborated with other designers across the USA. All the while I never gave up my love for painting, I had a side career as an artist in traditional mediums. I have shown my work in Arizona and Los Angeles, many pieces are in private collections.
I’m currently exploring digital painting with Photoshop and loving it.
As an artist, I find that nature is the source of my unending inspiration. I see color and patterns everywhere that I incorporate into my art and designs. Making an immediate emotional connection, being attracted to a design, is vital in my opinion. Good design changes the observer in subtle ways, much the way spending time in nature restores the soul.
I used this digital painting, that I call Magical Succulents, to set the tone for color choice and overall aesthetic of my digital design portfolio. Here is the painting in its entirety.