Freelance Product Designer
Jun 2014 - Present (9 years 5 months)
Develop and execute product for TJX Global Product Development Home based on buyer's direction and inspiration. Interpret storyboards, color trends, and seasonal trends to create new product, graphics and prints. Prepare files and artwork for overseas orders. Create original and unique repeat prints for products.
Freelance Pattern Designer
May 2009 - Present (14 years 6 months)
Design and create original artwork for Missy, Men’s & Home Department using Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6, 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.
Elementary Art Teacher K-5
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015 (2 years)
Enhance classroom productivity and create a favorable learning environment for a Title One school in Murray Hill. Develop and present standard based lessons. Started and implemented the first digital photography program at the school. Began and maintained a student art gallery to feature fifth grade photography work. Acquired a kiln for the Art Room and started ceramics with kindergarten. Planned and created the first Arts Extravaganza fundraiser at the school. Collaborated with members of the staff to help improve the school through the PIC committee. Leader of the Resource and Cultural Arts Teams.
Ringling College of Art and Design
Aug 2010 - Aug 2013 (3 years)
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.
The Olde Salty Dog
Jan 2009 - Aug 2010 (1 year 7 months)
Greeted customers and ensured their dining experience was pleasant and enjoyable. Describe menu items/daily specials in detail and provide recommendations when requested. Accurately relay the various ingredients and cooking methods employed. Placed orders, finalized transactions and completed opening/closing duties. Served alcohol beverages in accordance with federal, state, local and company regulations. Developed repeat business by establishing close and lasting relationships with customers.
Lab Technician, graphic designer, photographer
BauerHIte Orthodontic Specialists
Glen Carbon, IL
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008 (4 years 4 months)
Redesigned office logo, business cards, illustrated Christmas cards and advertising material. Fabricated appliances for the mouth—hawleys, essixs, anterior and posterior biteplates, and splints. Worked with a variety of materials and machinery. Maintained a clean and organized lab. Managed supplies and materials.
Photographer's assistant & product stylist
Saint Louis, MO
Mar 2006 - Nov 2008 (2 years 8 months)
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 CS 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.
Wedding photographer/second shooter
Memories are Forever
Saint Louis, MO
Feb 2005 - Nov 2008 (3 years 9 months)
Worked as a second shooter and photographer’s assistant. Set up lighting; pose bride & groom, families and bridal party for traditional shots. Responsible for photojournalism, time management and assisting the bride & groom. Produced optimum photographs for clients using a variety of technical equipment, including cameras, lighting equipment and accessories.
Saint Louis, MO
Aug 2004 - Dec 2004 (4 months)
I volunteered to work in the studio so I could learn about lighting. I helped set up lighting for commercial shoots, prep food for Con Agra Foods photo shoots, tear down and rebuild sets. Reorganize files.
Classroom Teacher (4th & 5th grades)
Aug 1998 - Jun 2000 (1 year 10 months)
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. Maintained a well disciplined and highly motivated classroom.
Classroom Teacher (1st grade)
St. Mary's Catholic School
Aug 1997 - Aug 1998 (1 year)
Designed and implemented lesson plans for Reading, Phonics, Social Science, Math, Science, Health, Spelling, Art, Computers & Religion. Planned and instructed each subject area using a wide variety of teaching aids, strategies and thematic units. Established a learning environment to meet and enhance the children’s needs of emotional, intellectual, social and creative strengths. Assisted with Science Fair, Art Fair and after school tutoring.