Me, in a nutshell.

Eat, breathe, sleep, design, cars…maybe not in that order.  17+ years representing my clients desired message through innovative visuals, within the available resources. Whether bootstrapping or brand building, I define myself as a commercial artist viewing the world through my clients eyes.

 

Core beliefs

  •  Great design is collaborative, “says” what it was intended to say, and measurably directs your audience in a functional, efficient, on-trend way.
  • The audience is  awesome, and should not be underestimated .
  • Attitude is everything.

 

Branding

I’ve had great experiences working with notable brands including Ariel Atom, Coats,  Crayola, Disney, Dr. Suess, Elvis, Fleet Feet Sports, Hallmark , Jelly Belly, Lego,  Nascar, Major League Baseball, Thomas Kinkade, Virginia International Raceway and more!

 

Work experience

2016- Present Sr Creative Services Fleet Feet Inc. • Carrboro
Versatile in-house creative for national chain of 170+ locations.

2005 – 2015 Tremayne Company Graphic Design • Carrboro / San Jose
10 years of freelancing with great clients, both corporate and independent in wide range of industries and styles. Notable clients include Star One Credit Union, Coats North America, VIRginia International Raceway, and Strategic Pharma Solutions.

2006 – 2010 Thomas Kinkade Company Contract Creative Director • Morgan Hill – National branding & licensing for a national gallery franchise with many, many retail locations across the country. Contributed and coordinated design product development, retail buildout, marketing initiatives, events and licensing.

2002 – 2005 Designer, Early Childhood NEWS
52pgs, 6 issues a year. Full cover-to-cover design and production.

2001 – 2004 Designer-turned-Art director at Excelligence
Full in-house, educational catalog and product design company. 7 person Art Dept, including dedicated photography and color correction. Produced over 1 million, 300+ page printed books a year in addition to product development, and packaging.

1999 – 2000 Designer at the Wecker Group • Monterey
Ran film, washed cars, pulled weeds, fetched brioche….learned to draw for other people.

Education

BFA in Graphic Design with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, 1999. Earned “Bastard of the Year” award on my final semester for sweeping the senior studio project, and maintaining a 4.0 across 21 semester hours. I think I wanted out. 🙂

Awards

2011 Marcom Gold Award (Jelly Belly Style Guide)
2007 Marcom Platinum Award (Thomas Kinkade Scuplture Program)
2000 The Big Book of Logos, and American Corporate Identity 17.
1999 2nd place AIGA New Orleans Student T-shirt competition.
1996 2nd place Seaside City Adult Art Competition