Sarah Bolton

Art & Design | Wilmington, NC



  • 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.
  • Expert proficiency with Adobe creative software on both Mac and PC operating systems.
  • Management of the complete design process from conceptualization to delivery.
  • Leadership roles in a creative team environment.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

August 2001 – May 2005

Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

  • Senior year internship with VSU Design Services
  • Juried student art competition participant
  • Summer semester abroad studying fine arts in Italy

Beginning spring 2019
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Experience Design
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA


Freelance Artist

Wilmington, NC

Since October 2018

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

Graphic Artist at The Hartley Press

Jacksonville, FL

February 2014 – October 2018

  • 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.

Production Artist at Pilot Pen Corporation of America

Jacksonville, FL

January 2013 – February 2014

  • 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.

Art Department Manager at Louisiana Unlimited

New Orleans, LA

April 2011 – December 2012

  • 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.

Art Instructor at Painting With a Twist

New Orleans, LA

December 2010 – April 2011

  • 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.

Graphic Artist at Dominion Enterprises

Atlanta, GA

February 2007 – March 2009

  • 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.

Production Manager at Swoozie’s

Atlanta, GA

January 2006 – February 2007

  • 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.