Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to look at my page! I am a lifelong artist/ illustrator/ and designer. I really enjoy the creative process, and strive to continually improve and produce top-notch work. I also have years of customer service experience, and am generally known to approach all situations with a positive and easy-to-work-with demeanor, which I think makes a big difference!
I began my career with a fine art degree, which taught me the essentials of good design. I specialized in painting in oils and acrylics, and am also very good at illustration. From there, I entered the job field in retail as an art supply salesman, and soon after entered the gallery/ picture framing world. I continued to gain experience in that setting for eight years. During that time, I was continually working on my graphic design skills, taking a few classes on the subject and working with a close friend who was a professional designer.
Although I loved the picture framing industry, it was not to be my permanent career. I took up work with a sign shop, where I became a printer, designer, and sign-maker. I learned a great deal about working under tight deadlines, and optimizing graphics from customer files during this time, as well as wide-format and thermal printing. From there a move to another state cause me to shift gears and enter into the pet industry. I worked in retail as a pet care specialist and phone technician for a company that manufactured products for aquariums. I relied on my customer service and knowledge of animals during those years.
As luck would have it, I was offered a job by a friend for a college library, and began a new career working with collections management. I had the good fortune to also put my graphic design skills to good use for the library, and before long I was doing graphic design full time as a graphic design support specialist, which is what I'm doing now. I am thrilled to be able to do graphic design full-time, and continually improve and learn new skills daily. My work has been well-received, and I have worked with numerous colleagues to ensure their communications are effective visually. In the rapidly-changing world of libraries, I have found that communication is key, and work hard to make sure the message is clear.