Colors affect my mood and sense of well-being. In looking back, I realize that my mother’s passion for the paintbrush must have been a major influence in my life. Almost every year, she would go through the house painting everything in sight that didn’t move, including the piano. I don’t know how the people who bought that piano years later moved it out of the house. It must have weighed a ton with those twenty-five-odd (some of them very odd) coats of paint!
One year she outdid herself by painting an old metal toaster a not terribly attractive chartreuse. Someone mistakenly used it and the house reeked of smoke for weeks.
My mother retired from painting for a while after that, so we lived with chartreuse for a long time. But ultimately her need to reinvent the colors won out.
In college, art and psychology were two of my favorite subjects. I devoured information on color. I read, studied and researched every color-related topic I could get my hands on. In my early career as director of education for a group of self-improvement schools, when I researched curriculum and trained the teachers, color was invariably the subject that claimed most of my attention.
My academic background includes a degree in psychology from Antioch as well as advanced studies and a counseling specialist certificate from UCLA. I have studied both fashion and interior design and have taught in both areas. I am a chairholder in the Color Marketing Group as well as a participant in the international forecasting group for the Pantone® View Color Planner.
Presently, as an author, executive director of the Pantone® Color Institute®, head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, color forecaster and consultant, I deliver seminars internationally for universities, professional organizations, trade shows and conventions and I consult with a variety of industries. I have made appearances on all major networks in the U.S. and many abroad. My audiences and clients are diverse. They include interior designers and contractors; industrial, fashion and graphic designers for packaging, manufacturers, printers, retailers, florists, marketing and image consultants, as well as consumers – people interested in color, which includes just about everyone! Although they come from diverse areas, they all have one thing in common – they are fascinated with color and understand its importance and impact.
Every season I create the Top 10 List of Pantone® Colors for the fashion industry that appears in Women’s Wear Daily. Fortune Magazine and the Wall St. Journal have recognized me as one of the most influential people in the world of color. I am widely quoted in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today; Cosmo, InStyle, Oprah, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Vogue and People Magazine, as well as numerous other trade and consumer publications (see below).