I had the privilege of working with Emily as one of her instructors in the Fall of 2013 in the Graphic + Digital Design program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Emily McLean is a Vancouver based, Fraser Valley born and raised designer with experience in illustration, print, environmental, marketing, and digital design.

She is currently working as a visual designer at Charitable Impact and does freelance illustration and design on the side. Previously, I was working on digital and marketing design at STAT Search Analytics, and before that print, environmental, and digital design at Free Agency Creative.


Her patterns are inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky.

My personal illustration style is abstract. I’ve been developing this style for over 10 years. It started out as doodles in my grade 8 science notebook, to making its way into my art class projects. One day, my art teacher introduced me to the work of Wassily Kandinsky. From that moment on, Kandinsky’s work has inspired and influenced my own to grow and develop into what it is now.

Today, whenever I am drawing, either digitally or pen and paper, I am channelling my feelings, the sounds around me, and/or thoughts into every line that I draw.

Below is a sampling of some of the digital abstract pieces I’ve created over the years.