Extensive visual design experience in graphics, illustration, photography, and art. Designed, developed, and produced a wide array of technical, marketing, and branding materials, brochures, and graphics for print and web. Comprehensive utilization of typography, iconography, photo editing, infographics and interactive graphics. Works as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team to develop solutions to complex problems, meet user needs, and deliver products on time and within budget. Efficient time management; organized and motivated. Excellent verbal, written, communication, and interpersonal skills. Interpret and utilize technical and scientific concepts. Experienced team leader; mentoring and instructing.
Technical Skills
In depth experience using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat,
Dimensions, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Word, Pages, animation, interactive, both Mac
and PC; photography.
A Pass Educational Group, LLC and Pearson Education (remote)—2016–present
Illustrator—Produce technical illustrations and diagrams for printed, interactive, and web or video-based educational publications for biology, geology, physiology, STEM, civics, infographics, slides, etc. Conceptualize and illustrate under tight time frames. Interact with writers, editors, CADs to create easy-to-understand content using a variety of illustrative techniques. Participate in remote video meetings and contribute to skills development. Role as lead artist as well as train other artists.
Inside Santa Fe magazine, Santa Fe, NM—2016–2017
Art Director—Design and layout of interior, cover, and advertisements for annual tourism publication. Prepress files. Follow company procedures. Design templates and style guides.
Measured Progress (Cognia), Dover, NH—2013–2016
Graphic Artist—Design clear, concise, easy-to-understand illustrations and diagrams for interactive web and print. Science, STEM, math, and ELA subjects for most state education publication contracts including, MPASS, PAARC, College Board, etc. Kindergarten through college and special needs. Consult with writers and editors on objectives to meet critical student needs. Maintain and update library of assets. Work with Permissions department for use of stock and web photos. Participate in weekly meetings and company conferences and events.
Amazon, CreateSpace (remote)—2011–2014
Illustrator—Conceptualize and illustrate original art for book covers and interiors
using both digital and/or classic techniques for self-published authors. Non-fiction, young adult, romance, and adult fiction books.Tight timeframes. Collaborate with writers to understand their unique vision. Translate ideas into compelling illustrations. Manage several books at once.
Kaminski Auction House, Beverly, MA—2012–2013
Director of Photography—Photograph fine antiques, furniture, jewelry, rugs for print and web catalogues, Setup lighting changes for each subject in studio and outdoors. Log and track objects. Edit photos if necessary. Attend company events and meetings.
David Cook Fine Art and Auction Gallery, Denver, CO—2011–2012
Director of Photography—Photograph fine antiques, artifacts, jewelry, paintings, carpets. Layout photos for placement in print and online catalogues. Maintain digital catalogue. Help pack and unpack objects for photographing and shipping.
Sunset Custom Publications, Time Warner, Cisco Systems (remote)
Menlo Park, CA—1999–2006
Illustrator—Create technical diagrams, posters, infographics, charts, maps, exhibit-sized displays, and publication materials for Packet and IQ magazines for Cisco Systems, California, Kmart, Acura magazines for Sunset Publications. Follow strict corporate color and style guides. Ensure schedules are met for deadlines. Initiate solutions. Communicate regularly with other team members by phone and semi-annual company headquarter meetings. Increased readership as a result of my illustrations and Packet consequently won ADDY awards over several years.
Christie’s, LLC, Santa Fe, NM—1994–1999
Art Director—Design, layout for Christie’s International Real Estate magazine and Christie’s auction catalogues and other marketing materials. Initiated complete redesign for high-profile, glossy publication showcasing international luxury properties. Publication won award for best design in 1998. Required intense attention to detail, proofing, and editing both text and images. Supervise pre-press. Meet with off-site printer for color checks. Participate in company meetings.
Specialized, Freelance, Contract
Educational, Non-profit
Graphic World; Think Through Math Learning; University of New Mexico Hospital; Pearson Education; MacGraw Hill; Edgenuity, Kaiser Health.
Publications, Books
A Flair for Writing Publishing Services; John Muir Publications; Newbury House Publishers; New Mexico magazine; Cowboys and Indians; El Palacio; Southwest Art magazines; Aramica News; Jeff Ahlin, author of Overrun, the Battle for Firebase 14 and Traitors of the Gestapo. (AuthorHouse and Dorrance Publishing Co.).
Film, Theatre
Hulu TV series T@gged, 3rd season; LionsGate Studios, (art direction, My Best Friend’s Girl); University of New Mexico Theatre (theatre programs); Actor’s Studio, Newburyport, MA and Wolfeboro, NH (set design).
Icons, Diagrams, Infographics, Marketing Solutions
Goodyear, (icons, UX/UI for mobile devices, GPS); The NCC; Kronos; Pepsi; Mars;
Gillette; Smith Barney; MetLife; Hasbro; Affinova.
Westland Gifts (Trail of Painted Ponies); American Artists Group (greeting cards); Rustcraft; Good Cause Greetings; Birchcraft; Funds For Charity (greeting cards);
TinyPrints/Shutterfly; Blue Mountain Arts; Courage Cards; Card Gnome.
Education & Specialized Training
Associate of Applied Science in Media Arts and Photography.
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM.
Who’s Who in American Colleges, Magna cum laude, Dean’s list.
Fashion Institute of Technology, Traphagen, NYC, NY—Fashion Design.
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ—Commercial Art, Fashion Design.

Professional Development
NM Educational Assistant Teaching Certification License—2018–present
Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe, NM—Educational assistant and substitute
teacher, K12.
NH Work Ready Program, Portsmouth, NH—2016
Corporate soft skills and business development.
Landscape Painting Instructor—1975–present

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 Studio and plein air art. Also offering workshops and individual instruction. 
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