I was born in upstate New York. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. When I was 8 years old my parents moved us to a 200-acre farm in northern Minnesota. I helped with the farm chores - haying, shearing sheep, milking the cow, cleaning the barn, helping in the gardens, etc. We also rented canoes and fishing boats since the farm had frontage on the Mississippi River.
After about five years, my parents sold the farm and we moved to a resort town about 90 miles away. We had frontage on a small lake where we enjoyed swimming and sailing. In high school I was active in track, band, National Honor Society, gymnastics, basketball, FHA and the yearbook staff.
I graduated Cum Laude and received my B.A. Degree in Graphic Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. My favorite courses were photography (both b&w and color), Publications Layout, Techniques of Advertising and Technical Illustrations. I received first place on my portfolio in B&W Photography.
My first job out of college was as a Production Assistant to the Production Manager of J.L. Printing in Loveland, CO. After a few months, I requested to be moved into production and was granted the position of Process Camera Operator. It was then a slow climb through production jobs - process camera, film stripping, platemaking, typesetting, and finally design. I think the process made me a better designer in that I came to fully understand the requirements needed to print my designs, and could then anticipate and adjust accordingly, preventing costly mistakes down the road.
I have always enjoyed puzzles. And in some regards I think of design as one. When confronted with a marketing plan, I first ask “what is the final goal?” "What is the best way to achieve that in my design?" The answer is usually the call to action - call this number today, respond by such-and-such date, etc. I then use the graphics and copy to direct the target's eye according to priorities. When looking at a design piece - what is the first thing you see? What is the next? Newsletter and book design is a little different - these you need to incorporate search tools. And of course with all design it must be interesting and attractive.
I am fluent in most computer programs, including Word and Excel; plus I am very organized. As a freelancer I understand the need for accuracy and efficiency; I also know how to keep records of time, expenses and income. I look at every new project as a challenge and opportunity. I enjoy finding solutions to problems. I work well with others and appreciate constructive criticism. I also like to keep physically fit by swimming, skiing, biking and watching what I eat.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope it gives you more insight into my personality and abilities.
You may view my resume HERE
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