I'm an experienced illustrator, textile designer and photographer looking for freelance projects as well as new full-time opportunities.
Education: Ringling School of Art and Design - Sarasota, Florida Bachelor of Fine Arts: Illustration Minor: Photography and Digital Imaging, with honors 08/00 to 05/04 Florence Academy of Art - Florence, Italy Figure oil painting class 06/01 to 07/01 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 08/98 to 06/99 Nine credit hours towards Masters in Education Loyola University - New Orleans, Louisiana Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (K-9) 08/92 to 12/96 Experience: Ringling College of Art Design-Admissions Counselor, Sarasota, FL Work independently and as a member of a team to identify, counsel and enroll prospective students. Travel extensively around the country recruiting prospective art students and giving presentations to high school students, teachers and counselors on portfolio development. Attend National Portfolio Days and provide feedback and constructive criticism on artwork and portfolios. Help prospective students through the application process. Facilitate and participate in on and off campus recruitment events and activities. Participate in the review process and determine student eligibility for admissions to a particular program. 08/10 to present Beall’s Inc.- Freelance & part-time artist, Bradenton, FL Design and create original artwork for Missy, Men’s & Home Department using Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, watercolor, acrylic and other media. Create unique patterns and screens for fabrics and spot illustrations. Expand on design concepts and initiate new ideas. Execute pattern repeats and work within set screen sizes. Integrate hand and computer skills to create original designs. Research, develop and recommend color palette, accent colors and color way combinations for patterns, screens and chest hits. 05/09 to present Manatee County School District- Substitute Teacher, Bradenton, FL Actively engage students in the learning process while maintaining an orderly classroom. Follow lesson plans left by classroom teacher. 02/09 to present Build-a-Bear Workshop Corporate Headquarters– Photographer’s assistant and product stylist, St. Louis, MO. Set up photography equipment and lighting for photo shoots. (Build-a-Bear, Friends 2B Made, Build-a-Dino and Ride Makers) Prepped, dressed and styled product for photo shoots. Prepped and shot flats for web and catalog shots. Processed and managed photo files on a variety of programs like Excel, Capture One, Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Bridge. Traveled to Washington DC to assist with the “Huggable Heroes” calendar photo shoot. Responsible for everyday problem solving and maintaining product inventory. 03/06 to 11/08 Memories are Forever- Wedding photographer, St. Louis, MO. Worked as a second shooter and photographers assistant. Set up lighting; pose bride & groom, families and bridal party for traditional shots. Responsible for photojournalism, time management and assisting the bride & groom. 02/05 to 11/08 Woodland Elementary – Classroom Teacher (4th & 5th), Edwardsville, IL. Designed and implemented lesson plans for Reading, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health and Spelling. Created and executed Individualized Education Plans. Incorporated Literature circles into Reading program. Enhanced student academic and social growth by using a variety of teaching strategies and techniques; including whole group, individual, small group and teacher modeling. 08/98 to 06/00
Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL BFA in Illustration with a minor in Photography & Digital Imaging Loyola University New Orleans BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Art