Hi, there and thanks for stopping by! I’m Jamie Ross, owner of Fat Cat Design. I am a graphic designer, a writer, a wife, and a mom (well, sort of. I am a “mom” to three cats – my furry, four-legged children), and I have enjoyed life as Fat Cat Design since 2006.
I originally studied in the field of psychology, earning a BA in 1988. My curriculum mandated enrollment in a handful of art classes, and I loathed every one of them. Endlessly torturous hours perched on a wobbly stool sketching eons of still-life compositions with one messy medium after another. My disdain for all things artistic and the sheer torment of those long, drawn-out (no pun intended) sessions made me want to poke myself in the eye with a Derwent charcoal pencil.
Ironically enough, one day I was approached by one of the college art professors, and he asked my major.
“Psychology!” I chirped.
“Oh, no no no,” he said. “We need to sit down for a cup of coffee because you need to change your major to Art.”
Eww, I thought, along with no no no NO THANKS, Mr. Crazy. Never in a million years could I envision life as a graphic artist. Nope. I wanted to save the world.
Wellll… fifteen(-ish) years later, here I am! Working and thriving as a creative professional, and having a blast. I love the process of taking an abstract concept and transforming it into a compelling, tangible, finished product. Certainly, my psychology degree has served me well as a designer and business owner, and for that I am grateful. I am also grateful to my clients – both to them and for them – as I have been gifted with meeting and working with some exceptionally remarkable people.
So, I guess you could say that life (as an artist) is good.
And maybe I should look up that art professor and offer to buy him a cup of coffee.