The Artist

Peter McKinnon, creator of Cedar Skye gallery, worked briefly for two great design firms in Seattle, then went on to design departments at Microsoft and AT&T. During his stint as a graphic designer at Microsoft, he designed product logos, print materials, publications and packaging for Windows software. When he left Microsoft to set up his own design firm, he worked with a number of start ups to help them launch their brand, in 2000. He currently designs websites and consults on design projects for various businesses throughout the Seattle area.

Profile

Peter was raised in Seattle Washington, the son of an interior designer father and a locally known astrologist mother both from Bellingham Washington, near the Canadian border. In high school, he dreamed of becoming an actor, but shifted his focus to graphic design after his father encouraged him to pursue his creative talent in art. After graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle, Peter worked briefly for the design firms of Ted Mader and Associates and Van Dyke Design. During his five-year stint within design firms, he designed book covers, brochures, signs, logos and annual reports for large corporations. Among other familiar projects, he designed the entire bus system map for community transit, in Everett Washington. All along the way Peter has maintained a passion for art, specifically watercolor paintings, illustration and computer generated photographic art and illustrations using Adobe creative suite.