About me:

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I'm Dayna,

a Denver based illustrator & UX designer.

I graduated in 2013 with a Fine Arts degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Tufts University. I got really lucky right after college and got my first book deal,” A Curious Harvest”, written by Maximus Thaler. At the time Maximus and I were living in a co-op on the Tufts campus, and he was trying to start a dumpster diving kitchen in Boston. He got noticed by a publisher at Quarry Books who asked to come to dinner at our co-op, and the rest is history. I’ve since illustrated 3 more food-themed books, and spent 3 years working as a textile designer at a Denver tie & bow tie company called Knotty Tie Co. During my time at Knotty Tie I got to participate in a design sprint for a web tool that would allow customers to design their own ties and bow ties. When the sprint was done, I approached my boss. “This is my favorite thing I’ve ever done,” I said. “What is this called?”. The answer was UX, of course. And the rest, again, is history.

When I’m not building websites and apps or doing freelance illustration gigs, I can be found sketchbooking at the bars of the coolest restaurants in Denver. The first time a restauranteur offered to pay me for doing the thing I love most in the world, drawing food, I thought, ”I could die now, I’ve achieved my life goal”.

Because I didn’t die at that point, I’ve had the pleasure of drawing on ever more interesting surfaces and for ever more interesting clients, including The Denver Theatre District and Meow Wolf. My work has been featured on canvases from fanny packs to ride-share bikes, on a zine in Moma PS1’s gift shop, and even a 35’ x 10.75’ archway at a children’s art festival.

I’m always accepting new work. Please get in touch if you’d like to collaborate.