Christy Joehl was raised in Princeton, Illinois - a quaint farming town of 7,000 people. Growing up in the rural Midwest, Christy was inspired by the beauty of her natural surroundings. When her love for the fashion industry led her to New York City in 2014, her roots began to merge with the colorful, stimulating environment creating an aesthetic all her own.
"New York presented opportunities that challenged me, some of which would change the course of my entire career. New York was where I discovered my childhood passion had a true purpose."
From the moment Christy could hold a pencil, art became a form of expression. As a child she preferred blank paper to any coloring book. By fourteen she was painting large canvases and experimenting with watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and mixed media. Like her love of art, fashion was an interest discovered early.
"Growing up in a school uniform, it wasn’t necessary to frequently purchase new clothes. Every blank space in my closet ignited a spark of creativity that set my ideas into motion. I would flip through fashion magazines and fantasize about the beautiful clothes captured in the glossy pages. I loved the colors, the patterns, and the endless combinations. Fashion is an art to me, and art was something I understood well, even then. Illustrating became my unique form of retail therapy, and I’ve loved it ever since."
Christy's subject matter rapidly expanded beyond an illustrated wardrobe. She created an illustrated world all her own complete with houses, venues, cars, accessories, pets and more. This would come to foreshadow her future projects for Ralph Lauren's global window design team, where her artwork would be featured in store displays all over the world.
Christy graduated from Purdue University in 2016 and currently works for Tapestry (formerly Coach Inc.) in the Global Environments division, where she facilitates visual production for global stores. In addition, she continues to complete artwork for a diverse portfolio of clients. Whether it is painting storefront windows in Brooklyn, designing wedding invitations, generating concept sketches or producing artwork for set pieces; she enjoys any project where she can utilize her creativity.
"I am inspired by passionate people, whether they are a blogger, author, actor, friend, or fellow artist. Individual expression is the key to being influential. As an artist, aesthetic is like my fingerprint. No artist will interpret a subject the same way as the next. Regardless of what someone's passion is, I am excited by people who truly love what they do and take pride in their individuality."