“Spatial relationships are my superpower,” I told someone once, when they remarked on my ability to just look at something and then draw it. Creating has always come naturally to me; in fact, there isn’t a time in my life I can remember when I was not coloring, drawing, collaging, or painting. With a mother and grandmother who are both artists too, my childhood home was always filled with color and beauty, and my creative talents were encouraged and nurtured.
I developed a visual problem solving strategy pretty early on. Being a soft-spoken and introverted child, I often used drawing as a way to entertain other kids and eventually make friends. I was “the drawer” in class, a label that suited me just fine. I eventually moved away from crayons and colored pencils, after getting a computer for my 16th birthday. Very quickly I taught myself how to manipulate pixels and hexadecimal numbers into artwork. To say that the internet changed my life is not an understatement; from the moment I was able to get my hands on a copy of Photoshop, I knew that graphic design was what I wanted to do when I grew up.
During my undergraduate studies at Valdosta State University, I continued to develop my affinity for visual problem solving. Under the guidance of my professors I learned how color theory and typography combine to create harmonious and powerful communication. One of my most important college experiences was learning that being a successful graphic designer is not just about my own opinions. In contrast to other art that focuses on self-expression, where the artist’s message is left up to interpretation, a successful design is one where the target audience is able to clearly understand the creator’s intended message.
Throughout the 15 years I’ve been employed as a graphic artist, I’ve found amazing satisfaction in helping people develop communication solutions that are both elegant and effective. I love being able to fully actualize a client’s vision, just as much as I love to create something that is in some way a reflection of my personal aesthetic. I have spent the majority of my professional career as an in-house designer, and have worked in the fields of marketing/advertising, publishing, commercial printing, and retail product development. I have overseen projects beginning with the initial brainstorming sessions, and carried them all the way through to the final press check or finished product launch.
Since I have experience in both the conceptualization and layout stages as well as in the technical and mechanical execution of print production, I can confidently manage the complete design process from start to finish. As a multi-disciplined fine artist, my critical eye for detail has become a valuable asset in my career.
I put my heart and soul into everything I do and would love to be a part of your team. Let’s get in touch!