Even before I graduated with my degree in Applied Visual Arts from Dakota County Tech, I cut my teeth as a graphic designer for a daily newspaper back in 2000. Here I learned the importance of making tight daily deadlines in an intense environment.
In less than a year, I became the Art Director for Black Forest LTD in Owatonna, MN, designing recognition programs for many companies including Penske Racing, GlaxoSmithKline, and Coldwell Banker. At Black Forest, I completely changed the art development process from hand-drawn to digital artwork. This resulted in cleaner, more professional-looking work, and a decreased production time of over 50%.
For York Wallcoverings, I designed kitchen and bath accessory lines that were featured at Cabela's and other national retail outlets. After York Wallcoverings, I became the Director of Advertising for Homesale Realty Services, the largest real estate brokerage in Pennsylvania. Here, I revamped the department's design development process, cleaned up the database system, and significantly decreased production time, all while creating cleaner, more attractive-looking ads.
I have numerous freelance projects under my belt, including book cover illustration and design, logo design, print page layout, web design, and fine art commissions. I'm a nationally recognized fine artist, winning numerous awards for my work and I'm very proud to say that I was the Featured Artist for the world's most prestigious wildlife art show in the world, The Southeastern Wildlife Expo
In all of these positions, I mastered Adobe Creative Suite and learned the importance of keeping tight deadlines. I mastered other skills along the way including marketing, social media marketing and management, human resource management, department accounting, client relations and communications, managing IT projects, managing web platform development, schematic development, HTML and CSS, and trade show exhibitions. Currently, I create content for my instructional art blog MySketchJournal.com
which I built and maintain. I also develop instructional art videos along with creating beautiful fine art drawings and paintings.
The most important aspect of any successful business is keeping the client happy by solving problems and providing top quality service in a timely manner. This is what I do and this is what I will do for you. I have the experience and the skills. Reach out to me today with your design, content, or photography ideas and let's make something remarkable!