“Artist Michelle LaPenai has a unique voice as a Graphic Designer. She combines her creative talents together: Fine Art Illustration, Typography, Painting, Design, Magazine and Book Design.”

Michelle majored in Visual Communications and studied Fine Art Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. She has traveled extensively and has lived and been inspired by the landscapes of coastal Northern and Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Greece. She lived off the grid near Taos New Mexico and learned about sustainability, Earthship biotecture, and built parts of an Earthship herself. She brings this philosophy to her business practices and her clients appreciate her simple and clean approach. Her work is best described as original and she has served Visual and Performance Artists, renowned Circus Performers, Cabaret Performers, National and Statewide Magazines, Painters, Sculptors, Healers, Ayurvedic Practitioners, Yoga Studios and Instructors, and Social and Political Activists. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, publications, and books most notably Malcolm Margolin of HeyDay Books. Her gift is to discern the appropriate solution for every project and create for each client what they had seen for themselves all along.

PUBLICATIONS

Alternative Health & Medicine Magazine, Sage Woman, Oyster Boy Review, Hey Day Press/Malcolm Margolin Joaquin Miller Life Amongst the Modocs, Health Caring News, Sozo Style, Firebrand Media, Ten Speed Press/Tricycle Press, Living Crafts Magazine, California Physician, Videomaker, Choices, and more.

CLIENTS

Chaz Dean studios, Lady Rizo & The Assettes, The Flynn Creek Circus, Vintage Clothing at The Checkered Apron, Design Alliance, Cass Phelps Healer and Sound Artist, Transcend Organics, Yoga Shakti, Yoga Works, Transformations Vintage, Tantric poet Kristina Sanborn, Occasions at Laguna Village Oceanfront Events, Trader Bean Coffee, Sozo Style, Larry Westal Design, Gypsy Crunch, La Sirena, Radiant Gem, Lucid WebPress, University Wellness Center, Anjali Auyerveda, Kathleen Clark Photography, and more.

EDUCATION

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS MAY 1994
  • Visual Communications/Graphic Design Minor: Studio Arts/ Honor Roll Typography Annual, Best of Show, California State University, Chico
  • LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN 2003-2004  FINE ARTS & ILLUSTRATION, Laguna Beach, CA
  • MENDOCINO ART CENTER 2000-2003 INDEPENDENT SCULPTURE STUDY, Mendocino, CA

Brianna majored in English and studied at American Military University of American Public University Systems. She has worked as a life coach and virtual assistant for the past 5 years. She’s worked for people such as Ali Shanti and Kylie Slavik.

Brianna studied and learned to develop WordPress sites after many failed attempts at having a site designed for her. Along the way, she has taken courses to develop coding skills from Code School, Codecademy and Team Treehouse (still enrolled in many courses here).

She is a mother, wife, virtual solutions maven, closet (not-so-closet) tech nerd, yogi, earth and animal-lover, outdoor enthusiast and so much more.

Army Air Traffic Control Veteran with 7 years of service, English major and a closet (not-so-closet) tech-loving entrepreneur. Brianna began her entrepreneurial journey in 2013 and studied many things that were necessary for building a successful business online.

  • Website
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Blogging
  • Altering code in WordPress themes

Through this Brianna developed a desire to create and help ethical brands get their work online and out in the world to do the maximum good.

View my portfolio of work here.


Professional

Education:

Bachelors Degree: English Major — 2012

TRAININGS:

    • Life Coach training with Jeannine Yoder — December 2013 – December 2014
    • B-School with Marie Forleo — March 2014 – May 2014
    • Money Map training with Alexis Neely — November 2014 – May 2015
    • Squarespace Design with Jenna Soard — 2015
    • Instagram training with Alex Tooby — 2016
    • Codecademy Ready — March 2017 – May 2017
    • Team Treehouse – Front End Web Development Track + Full Stack Javascript Stack – in process
    • Flatiron Bootcamp Prep — in process