During high school, I fantasized about the world of automotive design. But as a Michigan State University freshman, I fell in love with science and agriculture, art and graphics, philosophy, music and everything else, as well. My first job out of college as graphic designer for the American Hotel & Motel Association introduced me to the exciting world of developing educational collateral for a service-oriented industry; it was intense, but fun, to travel and set up shoots at hotels and resort properties all across the nation.
With a transfer to the video department, I assisted in producing training modules, creating computer generated animation, and designing packaging. I also spent time traveling abroad to visit the legacy of great works of art I had studied from books my whole life. I landed in Austin, Texas where I eagerly joined the ranks of a specialty advertising firm. That gave me the inspiration to later open my own design agency in East Lansing, Michigan where I attracted both corporate and non-profit clients alike such as Symantec and the Michigan Hospital Association.
After years of chilly winters and stints of travel across various international borders, promise of warmer climates sent me packing for the exotic locale of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. I embraced the opportunity to experience the broadcast television industry by becoming a production assistant for the local FOX affiliate in Tucson; I updated my video production techniques, built studio sets and edited audio. Accepting an art director position for a national apparel company headquartered in Tucson provided experience teaching rapid layout concepting, color proofing and image manipulation; I learned to arrange for on-location fashion photography via guidance from top sources in NYC. I eagerly jumped at the chance to enhance my design team’s new software skills and best practices in digital file prep.
The University of Arizona was one of the major factors behind my decision to stay in Tucson. The tutelage of the incredible professors here at the UA allowed me to work while earning my MFA; I built the first website for the UA Channel at Arizona Public Media; I enjoyed art exhibits and collaborations with downtown colleagues and became part of the greater Tucson art community. I accepted a position as Creative Services Manager in the Dean’s office for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. It was here that I had the privilege of creating catalogs, magazines, and proposals alongside outstanding leaders in academia. I served as judge for the student photo contest in the School of Anthropology. I also was responsible for working generating the entire branding campaign for the National Institute for Civil Discourse after the Gabby Giffords tragic shooting.
As part of service to my community, I continue to provide pro bono design services for the Director of the Arizona International Film Festival (going on 10 years). Today I am proud to work with the University of Arizona’s Office of Global Initiatives whose mission it is to grow the world-wide reputation of our resident land-grant institution through international partnerships and innovative study abroad programs.
And am honored to claim the wonderful people of Tucson members of my creative family.