ALLE MARIN VOLZ, Apprentice Illustrator

My Vision: I want to use my art as a tool to help me bring light into people’s lives. 

My Inspiration: The people in this world have so many untold stories, misunderstood perspectives, and a hunger for love. My dream is to use my art to cultivate the imaginations of the young and the old, encourage empathy across people groups and empower the nations to be filled with hope. I may not save the world, but I can at least bring light to it.

My Materials: For illustration, I generally work with ink and watercolors, both traditional and digital media because I enjoy emphasizing line quality with splashes of color. Outside of illustration, I’ve worked with everything from steel to silver, oak to roving, and polyethylene to polystyrene. My love and curiosity for materials cannot be quelled.

My Background: In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.I.D.) from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Since then, I’ve worked as a Design Researcher, Freelance Designer/Illustrator, and Administrative & Production Assistant. The common thread between all of these roles is stories. I’m passionate about using stories and creativity as tools to bring light to this world. Whether through product design, theater, illustration, or some other artistic form of communication, I believe the people in this world need some love and this is how I would like to contribute.

My Reason for Being an Apprentice: I have a tendency to get excited about a lot of different forms of creativity and types of projects. I want to be intentional about focusing on illustration so I can give that part of my life a chance to grow. 

My Quirky Fact: I can talk to animals… but they don’t talk back.