Sarah Bolton

Visual Designer



  • Over 10 years of experience in graphic arts: layout, image manipulation, illustration, product packaging, typography, branding/identity, advertising, marketing, screen printing, copy writing/editing, and web design.
  • Management of the complete design process from conceptualization to delivery.
  • Leadership roles in a creative team environment.
  • Expert proficiency on Adobe Photoshop / InDesign / Illustrator and Quark XPress software.
  • Intermediate proficiency on WordPress and Adobe Dreamweaver; working knowledge of Adobe XD, HTML, CSS, and Javascript.


October 2018 – present
Freelance Artist

  • Developing customized visual communication solutions and digital artwork for print and web.

February 2014 – October 2018
Graphic Artist at The Hartley Press

  • Meeting client needs for a spectrum of custom artwork: color print media; die lines for packaging, emboss, and foil stamping; image editing, color correcting, reproductions, and photo retouching.
  • Ensuring quality and consistency for one of North Florida’s largest commercial printers, pre-flighting up to 100 jobs per week.
  • Communicating with in-house sales team and directly with clients.
  • Hiring and training assistance for new art department employees.

January 2013 – February 2014
Production Artist at Pilot Pen Corporation of America

  • Designing product packaging, marketing materials, internal paraphernalia, and web content, maintaining Pilot’s branding standards.
  • Networking between the Creative Services and Marketing teams.
  • Pre-flight and quality control for outgoing files.
  • Building physical compositions and mock-ups for blister packaging and retail point-of-purchase displays used in presentations for nationwide retailers and trade shows.

April 2011 – August 2012
Art Department Manager at Louisiana Unlimited

  • Overseeing art department workflow; creating designs for screen printing, heat press, large format printing, and embroidery.
  • Color separation of art files and output of film positives for screen printing.
  • Producing original apparel for sale in the New Orleans metro area, including exclusive partnerships with local and national stores.

April 2009 – March 2011
Freelance Artist

  • Developing customized visual communication solutions and digital artwork for print and web. Freelance clients include: Arabella Papers, Atlanta Hash House Harriers, New Orleans Hash House Harriers, Sweetwater Brewing Company.
  • Leading painting classes of up to 20 children or 50 adults at Painting With a Twist in Gretna, LA.

February 2007 – March 2009
Graphic Artist at Dominion Enterprises

  • Creating full-color advertisements for publication in Apartments For Rent Magazine and Para Rentar (Spanish language version).
  • Producing customized marketing materials for apartment communities in the metro Atlanta area, including flyers and digital content.
  • Maintaining production for both magazines on a bi-weekly deadline, often 500 pages of content or more.
  • Communicating with in-house sales team and off-site production offices.

January 2006 – February 2007
Production Manager at Swoozie’s (Brookwood Station location)

  • Supervising all in-house laser printing and coordinating with off-site print facilities for lithography and thermography services.
  • Developing high-end custom cards and stationery for weddings, parties, and formal events.
  • Personalized client consultations for new jobs and throughout all stages of the design process; maintaining a 2-day turnaround time for orders.


Bachelor of Fine Arts | 2005
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

  • Internship with VSU Publication & Design Services
  • VSU Juried Student Competition participant
  • 5-week fine arts study abroad program in Italy