Macworld Monday: Meet Don Lee, CEO of Nomad Brush

We are continuing our countdown to Macworld | iWorld Conference which will be held in San Francisco, CA this week from January 26-28th.  Today, we wanted to introduce you to Don Lee, CEO of Nomad Brush, who will be leading our Tech Talk this Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m.  Come meet Don and our other amazing Nomad Macworld artists at our booth (#455)!

Don is an architect and artist. In 1994, Don graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Don practiced architecture in New York City for 16 years, and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010 with his wife and two young sons.

When he received a first generation iPad for Father’s Day in 2010, Don found it to be a great digital sketchbook and canvas for painting, but found drawing with his finger to be awkward and unnatural. Thus began the journey to find the perfect stylus for drawing, sketching, and painting. After scouring the Internet for different styluses and trying out almost all of them, he still didn’t find one that suited his needs. And so…the relentless process of prototyping began. After hundreds of hours tinkering in his Portland-based studio, the Nomad Brush officially launched in February 2011. The name “Nomad” embodies the “Paint Anywhere” spirit, and is also inspired by the first initials of Don’s family: NOah, Matthew, Anna, and Don.

What time of the day do you most like to paint/sketch/create?
I like to sketch in the mornings, preferably after a couple of cups of coffee.  Unfortunately, with our growing business, I don’t get to sketch as often as I’d like!

Who is your favorite artist, dead or alive, and why?
Alberto Giacometti. He possessed an incredible ability to move from abstract to figurative art and as a result, made huge contributions to both.

Which artistic tool do you most frequently use in your non-digital art creations?
Pentel brush pen: It’s very smooth and the brushstrokes are really graceful.

If you could take your Nomad Brush to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m really looking forward to taking my Nomad Brushes to the Milford Track in New Zealand.

What is your favorite snack to eat when you are creating art?
I actually don’t snack when I’m in the midst of creating something, but I do like my shrimp chips.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at Macworld. Stay tuned later this week for highlights from the event! If you will be attending and are interested in submitting a guest blog post during or after the show, contact us today!


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