Trish Brownlee

Creative Alchemist


I’m Trish Brownlee

I am a creative alchemist with a diverse background who is innovative, empathic, and dedicated to creating a better world through design thinking and artistic solutions.

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I am an intuitive, whole-hearted, and skilled UX designer, and graphic designer who transforms abstract visions of the imagination into a functional reality that delights, mends, inspires, and unites. A diverse journeyman and insatiable researcher (I’ve photographed from helicopters AND taught Kindergarten – and did it well) I integrate my unique experience and education into my design career. I’m an artist at my core, a teacher at heart, with a visionary mind, resilient spirit, and alchemist soul. Brewed from my enlightening travels, divergent perception, and unflappable nature, I’ve become an elixir of innovation, passion, and empathy.

I spent a decade working with U.S. Military as a graphic designer, photographer, audiovisual creator, technical writer, journalist, archivist & whatever else I was told to do. I used my magic to do most of this with no support, no training, & no budget, learning on the spot and teaching myself. It did not matter that I had never edited a video in my life – I learned to do it in a week and do it well. Along the way, I learned leadership and mastered the skills by teaching others. I also learned what kind of leader and teammate I will not be. I walked that world conjuring up the confidence of a General because I spent half of my career making Generals look good. I learned what I don’t and do want. I only want to use my gifts now with those that are trying to create a better world. I want to work with people that understand and respect the need for a work/life balance and truly care about their people beyond lip service. That is a place that will benefit from my very real understanding of loyalty, integrity, and service, and my ability to adapt, learn and lead.

For the next decade, I became a freelance graphic designer and photojournalist, while also teaching art, design, and managing art programs for youth. I am the mediator and collaborator with a broad perspective excitedly announcing insights and reminding others to stretch, sleep and celebrate failures, and trying again. I am now ready to use what I’ve gained – presentation & research skills, wisdom, empathy, persistence – for the next calling.

I can see the big picture and I possess the soft and hard needed skills to co-create a better world for all. I want to work with daring leaders to craft a better world through design thinking, creative problem-solving, and holistic solutions. Is that you? 

Professional Experience

Creative Designer

Feb. 2021 – Present
Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs at Seattle University

UX Designer & Webmaster

June 2020 – Present
Religica Theolab

PRofessor of art –  Graphic Design 

July 2018 – May 2021 
University of North Carolina – Fayetteville State

Partnership Manager & Teaching Artist

July 2019 – October 2020
Kirkland Arts Center

Arts Educator

July 2012 – July 2018
Fayetteville, NC


Aug 2011 – Dec 2016
The Fayetteville Observer

Audiovisual production

Jan 2009 – Aug 2011
U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Media Specialist

Jan 2008 – Jan 2009

Visual information & Public Affairs Specialist

Jan 2004 – Jan 2008
U.S. Air Force

Designer & Production Lead

2003 & 2005


UX Design Fellowship

January – April 2021
General Assembly, Seattle WA

Artist Fellowship

August 2019
Vermont Studio Center, Johnston  VT

Collaborative Teaching Fellowship

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC


Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Fayetteville NC

Artist Residency

January 2015
Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville NC


Fayetteville 40 under 40 Award for Leadership & Community Service

Fayetteville, NC

V-WISE Alumni

2017 – Syracuse University
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship 


Storytelling & Presentation

Communication Skills

Collaboration & Interpersonal Skills

Innovative Problem-Solving

Project Management

Industry Knowledge

  • UX Design & UI Design
  • User Research
  • Interaction Design
  • Front-End Web Design
  • Visual & Graphic Design
  • Print Production
  • Photography
  • Basic Audio/Video Editing
  • Social Media Content
  • Branding & Logo Design
  • Typography & Color Theory
  • MAC & PC Platforms
  • Prototypes & Wireframes
  • Application, Mobile & Web Responsive Products

Industry Software

  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Audition
  • WordPress
  • Terminal Four/Sharepoint

Adobe Software

  • XD
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Premier

More on my CV Page


Post-Graduate Studies – Theology

Seattle University

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies 

Pacifici Northwest College of Art

Bachelors of Art in Visual Art: Graphic Design & Painting

Fayetteville  State University (UNC)

Certificates & Licensure

User Experience Design Certificate

General Assembly

K-12 Art Education Certification

Fayetteville  State University (UNC)

Arts Integration Specialist Certification

Institute for Arts Integration & STEAM     2019

Military Education


Public Affairs
Community College of the Air Force            2007-2011


Audiovisual Production
Community College of the Air Force          2005-2006

Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training

Airman Leadership School (Air Force)

Years Creating

UX Hours

Projects manifested

Cups of coffee

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What shall we create?!



Gig Harbor, WA

Greater Seattle Area


I love to travel!