Born and raised in suburban Boston, Larissa has always had a passion for both art and athletics, which are often viewed as two vastly different worlds without much intersection. After arriving at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2019, it was the combination of opportunities in both design and athletics that sparked a flame in Larissa and illuminated the career path she wanted to pursue. In her current work she has found a love for sports graphic design, the perfect intersection of her two passions. While at UNH she has had the opportunity to work as a graphic designer for the Athletic Department, where she has refined her skills and gained invaluable experience working with clients outside of the field of art. Larissa will be graduating with a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Design, as well as a dual degree with Sustainability and a minor in Psychology. Larissa’s interests continue to span a wide range, but she has always found ways to connect them through art and she is excited to keep doing so in her life after graduation.
“In my time in college, it became clear to me that so many people believed that the worlds of fine arts and athletics never overlap, yet there I was, somehow bridging the gap between the two. Somewhere along the way I discovered sports graphic design and it stole my heart. It felt like the perfect intersection of two of my passions, as well as a growing field of opportunity for me to pursue. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what can be considered art and what can still be considered part of the world of athletics as well as challenging the stereotypes associated with both of them. I have loved exploring sports graphic design in my time in college and finding the meeting place of my two interests. I have enjoyed the challenge of arranging shapes and colors within a space to attract people’s attention and to convey important information in interesting ways. I have learned how to stay within an organization’s brand without losing creativity, and I also hope I’ve made the athletes in my pieces feel important and celebrated.”