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The Circuitous Route
It is never too late to pursue your dreams.

Mitzie as a Lemer

Rare photo of Mitzie without a child in it (well actually, they are just cropped out of it)

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Photo credit: Tony Testani

Mitzie Testani At Maxwell Memorial Library

Mitzie at one of her solo art shows

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Photo credit: Maxwell Memorial Library

My path to the creative world has not been a straightforward one. It’s always felt more like me leaping from one stone to the next to cross a river.  In my professional life, I started out as a typographer / typesetter, later becoming a self taught front end interactive designer for various platforms during the dot com boom. Nothing too fancy, mostly HTML and basic CSS and lots of photoshop work for small businesses. All before actually going to school to earn my honors BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (at Temple University) in Philadelphia, PA, where I also had the pleasure to teach.

 

Once life brought me my beautiful first child, I switched gears and became a stay-at-home mom, eventually finding the time to bring art back into the fold when I began painting and taking illustration classes so I could more enjoyably teach my then preschooler about things like the alphabet, numbers, animals, etc.
 

Because I come from a creative family, it wasn't that much of a stretch for me to start creating work for local art shows, little shops, and an online store, eventually landing work in a gallery space. It was a thrill to find my work published in books for They Draw and Cook and They Draw and Travel, as well as to be collected in people’s homes and in places like The Poster House Museum, The U.S. National Library of Medicine, and The Herskovit's Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.
 

When my first child went to school, I went back to “work.” This time I worked as an illustrator as well as a graphic designer for a fast-growing cookie company in upstate NY. There, I had the privilege of creating illustrations and graphic design for custom packaging, products, marketing materials, point of purchase displays, and tradeshow booths. My design work ended up in places like William Sonoma, Publix, Target, Walmart, Disney, Costco, 7-Eleven, TJ Maxx, and Barnes & Noble Cafes.
 

Then life brought me my second beautiful child. So I began the stay-at-home-mom process again. Filling what free time I have making art that is inspired by what I love.

I welcome art commissions and freelance graphic design and my art is also available for licensing. Please feel free to email me to discuss or just to say hello! 

To view my graphic design portfolio, hop on over to my behance page. You can also read my artist statement here.

Mitzie's self portrait in gouache

Mitzie's self portrait in gouache on watercolor paper

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