As an artist and designer I strive to provide distinctive design solutions for clients who value the power of functional aesthetics. As a business savvy professional, I ensure that the final product exceeds client expectations while achieving all financial goals.
Florida Atlantic University | BFA
Minor: Psychology | Kappa Alpha Alumni
20+ years of professional experience in graphic design, illustration, interactive media and display design. In recent years my focus has shifted more toward sales and information center design for the top 15 homebuilders nationwide.
› Art department growth management and leadership experience
› Extensive knowledge of creative and technical project management
› Functional experience in a commercial fabrication/shop setting
› Experience teaching intermediate/advanced level Photoshop tutorials
› Mastery level experience in Adobe Creative Suite
› Extensive operational experience and ownership of giclee wide format digital printers
redGiant creative - Albuquerque, NM | Creative Director/Owner | 2006 - Present
Currently function as principal owner and creative director of my own design firm where I continue to produce award-winning design solutions for clients worldwide. (visit website)
Quest Design & Production, LLC. - Houston, TX | Senior Art Director | 2002.5 - 2006
As the Art Director for this sales center design & display company, I contributed to all aspects of the creative process, from conceptual design to final output, insuring that design integrity is maintained throughout the production process. I directly interfaced with many Fortune 500 clients including Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, in addition to some of the top homebuilders in the country such as LGI Homes, Lennar, Ryland, DRHorton, Engle, Meritage and KB Homes.
Levi, Ray & Shoup - Springfield, IL | Visual Communications Specialist | 2000 – 2002.5
Supervised the conceptual and technical design of websites, identity packages and internal promotional materials for a variety of regional and international clients as a member of this large Information Technology provider. Clients included Sharp, Toshiba, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Commission.
Ideas Design, Inc. - Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Senior Designer/Partner | 1998 - 2000
Worked as Senior Designer and business partner in a start-up new media design firm. My experience included the development of concepts and production of numerous websites, illustrations, corporate identity packages, and award-winning advertising campaigns. Clients included Barbizon Modeling Schools, The Florida Department of Tourism and Florida Real Estate Commission.
Internet Solutions Worldwide - Coral Springs, FL | Lead Graphic Designer | 1996 - 1998
Operated as Lead Graphic Designer for this AT&T Creative Alliance Partner company. My work experience there included website design and corporate identity packages for over 200 different clients, national and international, such as AT&T, Corona, Bauerfiend, Lucent, Eddie Bauer, and Hydron among others.
Miami Medical Art, Inc. - Miami, FL | Asst. Studio Artist | 1993 - 1996
Gained important experience in medical illustration, CD-ROM design, photographic analysis and interpretation, large format film development and high resolution scanning. I mentored under a medical illustrator while working closely with physicians and attorneys, sometimes within courtroom settings.
Air Force Auxiliary - Miami, FL | Airmen 1st Class | 1992 - 1994
Gained valuable field-training in emergency response services and search & rescue training which included disaster relief exercises before, during and after Hurricane Andrew.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
› 16th Annual Artavita Online Art Competition Finalist
› SIGNET Research AdStudy Award (Professional Journal Design Award)
› ARDA Award Recipient (HGVC’s West 57th) (Resort Display Design)
› MAX ‘Best Sales Office’ Award (Grand Haven Homes) (Environmental Design)
› HBA of Dallas McSam Award (Hillwood Residential) (Environmental Design)
› NAHB National Gold Award Winner for Taylor Woodrow Sales Center design (Display Graphics)
› NAHB National Gold Award Winner for Sales Center design (Hilton) (Display Graphics)
› ARDA Selection for Excellence in Sales Center Design (Marriott) (Display Graphics)
› CIAA Judges Choice Award (Illustration)
› American Graphic Design Award Recipient (Self Promotional Design)
› ULead Animation Challenge Gold Award Winner (Animation Design)
› Three Ft. Lauderdale AdFed Gold & Silver Addy Awards (Website Design)
› National Science & Engineering Foundation Grand Prize Recipient (Conceptual Design)
› Pipeline & Gas Technology
› Vaccines Against Biothreats & Emerging Infectious Diseases
› Flight Simulator Yearbook (German Edition)
› Import Tuner Magazine, PCGamer & The DuPont Registry
› Contacts Creative Ad Journal, featured work
› Design Graphics Magazine, Photoshop Tutorial
› Photoshop User Magazine, Monthly Featured Artist
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
National Inventive Thinking Association (NITA) Alumni
Art Directors Club (Houston) Alumni
My artwork has been showcased in a variety of galleries, wine bars and other venues throughout Texas and New Mexico.
An avid explorer by nature, I enjoy documenting my travels through digital photography. I believe in the power of exposure to new people and places in order to maintain a creative edge: real world experience is integral to successful design, in any medium.