Art is my sanctuary.
I am driven to paint; to deisgn; to empty out.

Genece Lorraine Hamby was born in Alton, IL in 1969. At a young age, she discovered a passion for color, design and innovation. She...

  • made her own paper dolls that she could dress with fashion designs she made for the dolls

  • colored for hours using ALL the colors from a large box of crayons, loving to experiment how the colors blended and played with each other

  • page by page, she scanned through her Mother's fashion magazines then cut out the designs of interest and kept them in a box for inspiration

  • loved taking the magazine images and pasting them onto construction paper, creating her own unique layout.

  • played with an Etch-A-Sketch, challenging herself to draw pictures with curves and shapes.

  • played dress up in her Mother's closet ... specifically she was in love with high heels (still is and is why she paints and designs them :-) 

  • is a self-taught digital illustrator & painter, discovering she had a talent for computer art in the mid-80s. 


My creative process expands and evolves through the daily discipline of digital illustration, writing and design. It is not the "digital" medium by which I have chosen to express myself that makes me an artist. It is a way of life. It is a way of moving through the world; aware of all the beauty that exists and a strong desire to connect with the feminine and sensual.

Prior to becoming a fine artist and designer in 2007, I was a branding and marketing communications consultant. I am grateful for all of the opportunities I was given and the joy of helping so many businesses and individuals define and design a brand image and identity. However, six years ago, I knew it was time to open a new door. Intuitively, I committed to the life of being a full time designer and artist.

In 2012, after painting and selling Asian inspired, landscapes, seascapes and floral art for five years throughout the U.S., I re-dedicated my art direction to become a shoe designer, illustrator & painter.

I don't regret taking this long journey of 30+ years in defnining a clear vision of how and what I can contribute through my artistic talents. I love applying my skills as a digital artist and combining them with a love for shoes and handbags. I wake up everday with the joy knowing I can create and play anyway I choose to express as a designer and artist. I've returned to a childhood passion and am watching it come alive!

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