Brendan has always been creative, starting at age 7 in Park Ridge, IL, when he sketched cartoon characters and dreamed of becoming a Disney illustrator. He finally got serious about his art, painting fish at age 30, and pinup-style gals soon after. Now he’s one of a handful of contemporary artists emulating the style of the mid-century master artists whose gals dominated the 1930s-1950s. He loves to fish, paddle-board, play the ukulele, and drive his VW bus.
After 20 years in human resources, Nicole left it all behind to work with her husband. She’s now the “Creative Operations Officer,” handling behind-the-scenes stuff like paying bills, shipping, social media and keeping pets away from wet paintings. When not supporting Ballyhoo Designs, she’s cooking, photographing and writing My Delicious Blog. She also gardens, hosts dinner parties, and anything that creates beauty in her world.
Libby and LuLu
These two pals provide endless joy to the team at Ballyhoo Designs. They are regularly called upon to soothe the ego of a sensitive artist, to provide hugs when the artist is creatively stuck or when Nicole wants to throw QuickBooks for Mac out the window, to sit on a keyboard while someone is typing, to pose for a photo, to catch lizards who sneak into the studio, and to even help with shipping.