1985-1987: completed bachelor's degree in graphic design at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. Specific areas of study include typography, layout, logo design and advertising campaign.
1982-1984: studied four semesters of commercial art at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. Completed courses in basic design, photography, fine arts and liberal arts.
Design concepts and problem-solving in visual communication. Skilled in coordinating imagery and verbal material to create unique, persuasive and marketable messages in advertising. Artistic abilities include logo design, creating animation, typographical treatments, layout, illustration, writing headlines and copywriting. Strong sense of spatial and color relationships, appropriation of design, and continuity in presentation. Experienced in Quark Xpress, Adobe CS4 Suite on Macintosh. skilled in all aspects of desktop publishing (scanning and altering graphics and photographs, adjusting formats, transferring files from email and the internet, importing files into page layout programs & outputting to various servers and printers).
June 2012 - present: Freelance graphic design: editorial design and production of The Man Mag, a Middle Tennessee publication for affluent men. Customer Service Advisor: Regal Auto Wash, involving sales and promotion of car care packages. Researching and archiving of digital images to be used in a catalog for Western Reflections, a decorative glass windows company.
May 2011- June 2012: The Advertiser News - Spring Hill, TN. Graphic Artist. Responsible for editorial design and cover design for three local newspapers, as well as advertising design. Other responsibilities include the design of special sections, brochures and promotional material.
June 1997 - May 2010: The Tennessean - Nashville, TN. Advertising Artist. Responsibilities include the design and production of advertisements and editorial content for print, online placement, special sections, promotional material and various events. Other duties involve coordinating and interfacing with sister publications within the company.
Sept. 1994 - June 1997: freelance design for Saint Thomas Hospital and Bill Hudson & Associates - Nashville, TN, Adquick - Franklin, TN. Jobs include creating flow charts, designing brochures, posters, invitations and newspaper advertisements.
May 1990 - Sept. 1994: Rome News-Tribune - Rome, GA. Assistant Art Director. Head of a three-person department primarily responsible for designing and writing copy for speculative newspaper advertisements. Other duties include designing covers for special sections and creating charts and graphics for editorial pieces. Recipient of 2nd place award in the annual Georgia Associated Press contest - graphics and illustration category.