What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I have gone back to college four times since I received a commercial art certificate. I realize we are not talking about masters here, but I have had the sort of clients who are more interested in the end product. I have gone to Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Hennepin Tech, and St Paul College for short courses and most recently, I received a diploma at Pittsburgh Institute of Art for web design.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Its good to write down an action plan for yourself before you start looking. While browsing the many styles and artists, check your first reaction. Were you attracted to the art immediately? Why? After these questions have been answered a few times to several artists, you will start to understand what it is that is important to YOU in the work. Write them down and keep them close as you for reminder. Also be mindful of what your project is and needs. You might like the fashion illustrator best, but if your project is about fishing lures, that might not be a fit. Be sure the artist has an interest in the project.