Welcome to my portfolio website. Here is just a little bit about me . . .
I am a devoted Art Director, Design Leader, and Brand Expert. I got my start as an Graphic Design and Architecture major at the Savannah College of Art & Design. I took a detour in my design career, and obtained a B.A. in Radio/Sound from Columbia College in Chicago, IL, interning with the Chicago Recording Company, where I assisted with foley sound design and post-production for commercials. I loved the industry, but my heart was still in design, so back to school I went for my B.A. in Graphic Design from Northern Kentucky University.
I started my career as a Graphic Designer in the textbook publishing industry. Textbook and collegiate media design was a great way to break into the field. I'm a print designer at heart, and love to design anything that you can hold in your hands, whether it be packaging, business and media publications, promotional items, etc.
In 2003, I made the move to Nashville, TN with an opportunity to work for the premier administrator of government healthcare programs. At the time, I was the first and only graphic designer on staff. I was able to transform their collateral; and create a standard of design and quality for which other contractors work to duplicate. I orchestrated a project that took form scan rates from below 30% to over 90%; chaired the diversity council (and participated in diversity-driven, charitable, and health initiatives); and, directed 508 compliance. My work continues to engage clients, educate providers, and contribute to successful joint ventures and alliances.
Throughout the years, I have worked on many freelance projects from logo and brand creation, to music promotion materials, and on to interactive and engaging environmental designs. New opportunities for design always bring new opportunities to engage a user, learn a new type of design, and broaden my design experience. I look forward to all new projects, as an opportunity to engage, learn, and make something better.
As a professional Graphic Designer and Creative Director, I thrive in an artistic and energetic atmosphere. I have a growing knowledge of copyright and trademarks, and a career focus on print, packaging, and branding. I find new challenges and deadline-driven environments as exciting. I am also a proud member of the AIGA.
Want to know more? Maybe some weird, but possibly interesting facts? Here it goes:
I have two dogs who are my "children," nothing less.
I have a successful blog (written with a pen name).
I was once a tattoo flash designer. Somewhere, there may be people in the world with my artwork on their skin.
I am a painter and illustrator, with success in painting sales.
I love all types of music, but I am a rock and metal fan in my bones.
I am an Apple nerd, but I am just as comfortable in a PC environment. I've worked in both for over 15 years.
I was born in Ohio, but raised in New Jersey. I am a "Jersey Girl," through and through.
I am a Starbucks junkie. It's such a designer cliche, but I can't help myself.