Sarah Bolton

Visual Designer



Over 12 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 with Adobe creative software on both Mac and PC operating systems.


August 2001 – May 2005
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Internship with VSU Publication and Design Services, Juried Student Competition participant, summer abroad program studying fine arts in Italy.


October 2018 – present
Freelance Artist, Wilmington, NC

  • Developing customized visual communication solutions and digital artwork for print and web.
  • Graphic Designer at Wilmington Animal Centrix

February 2014 – October 2018
Graphic Artist at The Hartley Press, Jacksonville, FL

  • 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, Jacksonville, FL

  • 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, New Orleans, LA

  • 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.

December 2010 – April 2011
Art Instructor at Painting With a Twist, New Orleans, LA

  • Leading classes of up to 20 children or 50 adults, guiding participants through a single-session acrylic painting in 1-3 hours.
  • Scheduling classes, processing payments, providing student support, maintaining studio environment, and performing supply inventory.
  • Creating social media promotions and targeted email marketing.

February 2007 – March 2009
Graphic Artist at Dominion Enterprises, Atlanta, GA

  • 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, Atlanta, GA

  • 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.