I’ve been an art director, designer, and illustrator for more than 30 years. I received a BFA in Design / Illustration from the California College of Arts & Crafts (CCAC). Soon after, I moved to New York City, where I worked in a myriad of publishing industries including fashion, direct mail, film, music and crafts. Along the way, I won awards including The Society of Publication Designers, Art Director's Club, Art Director’s Creativity, and Communication Arts.
Between jobs and coasts I was lucky enough to spend two years as an artist-in-residence, exploring surface design at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Once back in the Bay Area, I continued my editorial art direction, then became an art director for Papyrus where I blended my love of surface design with art direction.
Most recently I've developed a line of custom, handmade-to-order carpets and now enjoy sharing my years of experience teaching workshops on color and design.
I am an ASID industry partner, have studied with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, and continue to increase my knowledge of color through association with the Color Marketing Group.
My true loves have always been color and texture. I come from a long line of accomplished artists and my emergence into rug design is thanks to my family. My Armenian-born grandfather was a renowned Oriental rug authority, my uncles continued in his footsteps and were major collectors of international textiles, and Mark Keshishian & Sons, which my grandfather founded decades ago, is managed to this day by my cousin in the Washington, D.C. area. Carpets, art, and color have been part of my life as long as I can remember: the smell of the wool, the touch of the fibers, and the variety of patterns are in my DNA.