This site is a collection of past work and work in progress of an artist, designer and educator.

I love experimenting with traditional art media and learning new computer software programs.

Recently, participating in The Sketchbook Project was an opportunity to return to some favorite materials: coloured pencils, watercolour and gouache. I created a series of visual mashups, Catscapes, inspired by my photos of Tulum and beloved cats, Elfreth and Pemberton. https://sketchbookproject.com/library/19924 I digitally manipulated the Catscape sketches in Photoshop and Illustrator, turned them into Catcubes, and displayed them in a 3D installation.

I used my nature photographs to create textures and patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator while exploring an identity for myself: Colourampersand...in pursuit of colour. Colourampersand integrates my lifelong affinity for all things colour, from early colourfield paintings, to Crayola days, to teaching colour theory. I see colour exploration as a driving force in my current pursuit of Mograph.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

For me, art has always been about using my skills to make a difference. This took me from designing giftware and children’s toys to teaching aspiring students about designing for good. Design sustained me through several iterations of my career path. I started teaching colour theory at Pratt Institute after completing my MA in Fine Art from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1974. The transition to designing for industry began at a small giftware manufacturer, John Wright Company™, in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. From there I went on to climb a corporate ladder at Crayola® (Binney & Smith Inc®.), in Easton, Pennsylvania. As the Director of Art & Design Development from 1979 to 1994, I established a twelve person creative department that produced new products, packaging, promotions, and collateral print materials for multiple brands: Crayola®, Liquitex®, Magic Marker®, Silly Putty,® and Model Magic®. After a brief sidetrack as partner in Shenk’s™ brand regional specialty foods business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania I returned to academia, beginning as an Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Design at nearby universities: Penn State Harrisburg, Philadelphia University and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. After moving to Alabama in 1999 I worked, briefly, at Red Square Agency (Sullivan St. Clair Advertising). I arrived in Mobile at the perfect time to begin my most recent career iteration as a founding member of the Graphic Design Major at Spring Hill College. From 2000 to 2019 I advanced from Adjunct Instructor to my current position of Associate Professor.

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and rescue mom to a dog and cat. Old in years, young at heart. TRICYCLEREDUX

Janden Richards


time to get back on the tricycle

time to get back on the tricycle