Illustration by W.Ryden Starnes, 2010.



Asma Nazim-Starnes was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka and left her country at a young age to pursue a college education in Graphic Design.


She studied for a BA in Graphic Design at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, minoring in Art History, and took four years of painting in addition to studying digital design media. Upon graduating, she has worked for companies such as Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group as an Interactive Production Designer, and as a Graphic Designer at Darden Restaurants, which is the company that manages all creative work for restaurants such as Seasons 52, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones, and Red Lobster.


She decided to further her studies and attended Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale, FL to obtain an MFA in Graphic Design. During her studies, she expanded her knowledge in digital media by working with video and audio, interactive and time-based animation, the art of bookmaking as well as honing her skills in print design and typography. She worked as a Professor of Graphic Design at Miami International University of Art and Design and at the Art Institute in Jacksonville, FL. She continues to teach classes for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. In addition, she is also a HOW Design University instructor, since 2015.


Currently she is working as an assistant professor of Graphic Design at Lander University, in Greenwood SC. She teaches introductory and advanced classes in graphic design, which includes designing apps and websites for mobile devices. She has also developed new courses that have never been taught before at Lander, which are the History of Graphic Design and the Art of Bookmaking. She also works for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online as adjunct faculty of Graphic and Web Design.


Besides working with several types of contemporary digital media, she enjoys oil painting as well as bookmaking.  She strives to expose and educate the public about her homeland Sri Lanka, the beautiful and unique culture that is known by very few. Most of her design work focuses on Sri Lankan Sinhalese calligraphy, as well as the ancient rich history, sculptures, architecture and visual language of her country.


‪An ardent lover of animals, cook, gardener and artist, Asma Nazim-Starnes calls Greenwood, SC home with her husband and four beloved cats.