I have worked as an Art Director, Product Developer, Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Food Stylist in the Consumer Products Industry. I have had the pleasure of designing hard-goods, soft-goods and consumables for several Fortune 500 retailers.
2005 - Present
Directly interact with clients on commercial and fine-art projects to achieve client-driven results.
Services offered include photography, graphic design, drawing, illustration, painting and ceramics.
Senior Graphic Designer
Pacific Market International : Seattle, WA
2014 - 2018
Hired as Contract Production Artist, brought on as Graphic Designer after 12 months. Promoted to Senior Designer after 6 months.
Developed designs and patterns as well as color stories and style guides to be used on product.
Worked directly with brand managers, marketing, and product managers to fulfill vision for product launches.
Apply brand guidelines to marketing collateral for tradeshows including but not limited to booth walls, e-vites, and printed brochures.
Art Director, Senior Designer, Photographer, and Food Stylist
Brand Castle, LLC : Bedford Heights, OH
2009 - 2013
Hired as Graphic Design Consultant. Promoted after 3 months to Senior Designer, Photographer and Food Stylist. Promoted to Art Director after 17 months.
Pioneered the standards now used by Brand Castle for all package design, product design, and prototype testing resulting in higher quality product and packaging.
Developed approximately 300 products per year while being involved in 80% of projects from concept to completion.
Scheduled and executed numerous photoshoots each week to meet project deadlines as primary photographer for 99% of company imagery at Brand Castle LLC (Includes photo manipulation).
Lead concepting for new product, packaging and marketing materials for several brands involving hard-goods, soft-goods and consumables resulting in a consistent rotation of new products.
Maintained relationships with printers, suppliers, contract artists, vendors, clients and licensors through development and production phases to determine fit and oversee and evaluate adherence to specifications, quality standards and deadlines.
Responsible for creating Brand Castle’s top-selling products for Halloween 2011-2012 and Christmas 2012.
Pearlessence, Ltd. : Bedford Heights, OH
2008 - 2009
Hired as Graphic Design Consultant. Due to work output and ethic, I was brought on as staff after 90 days instead of original agreement of 6 months.
Developed product and packaging while working with licensing and retail companies.
Constructed and photographed product mock-ups.
Proofed and uploaded artwork to printer via e-mail or FTP client.
Worked efficiently under tight deadlines and managed several projects at a time.
Interacted with customers to grow the Apple brand and build brand loyalty through product demonstrations and sales.
Instructed customers how to use Apple products as well as high-end design software (Aperture, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
Creative (One-to-One Instructor)
Apple Computers - Retail Division : Beachwood, OH
2007 - 2008
Photographer & Post-production Artist
Ohio School Pictures : Berea, OH
2006 - 2007
Fill-in for Digital Art Director proofing images for final output and sending images to print.
Setup equipment, pose, and photograph subjects for shoot within a limited time frame.
Frame and color-correct photographs that come back from school shoots.
School of Visual Concepts
2015 - 2017
Attended several classes on graphic design, typography, hand-lettering, and branding.
Maryland Institute College of Art
2001 - 2005
Received Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Majored in photography. Additionally studied graphic design, drawing, painting and ceramics. Graduated cum laude.