We had the good fortune of connecting with Kylier Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kylier, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in Arizona, I have lived in the hottest part and enjoyed the desert sand but also went to college in Flagstaff full of mountains and snow. I have two amazing parents, an older brother and a younger sister. Growing up we quickly became competitive with each other whether that was in sports, grades, board games or in our creativity. My grandparents on my mom’s side painted, wood working and sewed quilts. On my dad’s side they were very outdoorsy, built things from scratch and one was a taxidermist. Therefore, creativity ran through my veins, I loved coloring, painting and photography. My family would go on crazy adventures like road trips, visiting new museums and hiking trips. These trips continued throughout my life, allowing me to see more parts of the world. I have a strong sense of admiration for color and love for nature’s beauty, which I reflect in my work. I would take art classes and doodle on scratch pieces of paper any chance I got. I continued to pursue art and design in high school and college. One Christmas I decided to ask for a wood burning kit but was unsure how to use it. Senior year in high school, my final art project allowed me to pick any media I wanted, I decided to put my wood burning tool to work and created my first piece. As time went on, I began learning the tips and tricks of wood burning and continued to challenge my artistic ability. My family is my greatest support system and pushed me to keep pursuing art and urged me to start a small business. Here I am about three years later loving what I do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Each piece I create is custom to the client, I have never made a duplicate design. I love being able to sit down and listen to worship and country music while listening to the sizzle of the wood while I watch the design come to life. I have had clients from Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, the Carolinas and Pennsylvania! I did not think that my work was going to make such an impact on some people’s lives. I love doing moving away presents, they are so special to me and allow me to fully capture memories of where a family is moving from yet still celebrate their opportunity for a new beginning. There are times where it is easier than others, Christmas gifts are a big hit! This past year I would go to my day job, come home and work on a different piece each night to make sure I met deadlines and shipped them out in time. The name Desert and Pine Design came from what I consider my two hometowns, Surprise being desert and Flagstaff represented by the pine trees. Although I mainly have wood burning orders, I do paint canvas and other wood art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were to come to town and I wanted to show them around I would have us start in Phoenix, visit some of the best coffee shops, catch up and people watch. I’d go on a hike in the White Tank Mountains and truly take in the warmth of the desert sun and all the cacti. Then we would drive to Flagstaff and visit the Lowell observatory, check out all the stars and overlook the city. We would also walk downtown to look at all the local shops and restaurants and of course get some more coffee. Next stop is Williams, we’d stop at the KOA camp and go go-cart racing and Bearizona to see all the cute critters. Once we got to Williams, we’d walk around all the local shops and eat at the Little Chicken Spot. We would take our food to go and enjoy it at the dam down the road. A little further down the road we would stop at Lost Canyon which is a beautiful Young Life camp. I spent a whole summer there and have worked there multiple times, it holds a special place in my heart. We would then travel to the Grand Canyon and take a hike down into the bottom and soak up the beauty and the chilly water from the Colorado River. After all this we definitely would need some rest. The next day would be a resting day. After that we would drive to Horseshoe Bend near Utah and watch the sunset over the water and spend the night in a nearby AirBnB. The next day we would drive back through Flagstaff and down to Sedona, through the switch backs stopping at the small craft shows. The best tourist hike is Devil’s Bridge so we would take an afternoon hike. After a long week of adventure and travel I would take them back to Phoenix so they can fly home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents are my biggest fans and will always be the ones I go to for advice. I love being able to share my work with them and ask for criticism. They have helped me grow as a person and have given me the right life skills and tools in order to run my business successfully. Hand picking the wood with my dad is such a fun experience and my mom gives me such perfect words of motivation to help me keep pursuing my love for art.