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Biography

I was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois but have spent most of my adult life in the American South. First at Emory University in Atlanta for my BA in Philosophy, then graduate work at the University of South Carolina. Later I returned to Atlanta to earn a Culinary degree and worked as a caterer/personal chef for several years.

In 2001, I had the opportunity to live and work in Japan on the JET Programme. I spent three years in Japan teaching English and learning Japanese. The exposure I had to an ancient and truly foreign culture has shaped me in many ways.

After returning to the US, I attended The Creative Circus and studied Graphic Design. Since graduating in 2006, I have been working as a freelance designer and teaching at the Circus. The constant interaction with the students and their creative energy inspires me to approach projects from a variety of different perspectives and with enthusiasm.

I am pursuing an MFA in Motion Media Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta in order to further my knowledge of the theory and techniques of adding motion to graphic design. I have taken classes in a variety of subjects including title design, dynamic typography, 3D & 2D motion graphics, and stop-motion animation. In addition to classes I have had, I have also worked with several students to create the title sequences and credits for their student films. This is a field that I am interested in and hope to be able to work on bigger films in the future. My immediate goal upon graduation is to work as a motion graphic designer with a long term goal of teaching at the college level in the future.

Artist’s Statement

I consider myself to be a designer and problem solver. I enjoy not only tackling problems, but also teaching others how to solve their own creative problems. This is what has led me to be a designer and a teacher.

As a teacher I have helped young creatives learn and explore print as well as digital media to express themselves and create portfolios worthy of careers in the design and advertising worlds. Learning new skills, technologies, and theories and applying them to solve problems is fundamental to my life as a designer and being able to help others with their learning process and solve their communication needs is what drives me to continually strive to improve myself.

Throughout my career I have enjoyed the technological, aesthetic, and physical aspects of my work. These are things that philosophy, the culinary arts, and design share. Creating a fine meal, laying out a design project, and animating a title design all have intellectual and technical challenges. My interests in the technical, artistic, and physical sides of a problem have led me to explore 3D printing and stop-motion filmmaking. It is the combination of these pursuits that I propose to focus on in my thesis.

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Experience

  • The Creative Circus

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Instructor, 2007-Present

    Teaching students from all departments: Advertising, Graphic Design, Image, and Interactive. Classes have ranged from skills and design classes to running the student Study Hall, helping students from all levels and disciplines with on-going projects.

  • Freelance Graphic Design

    Atlanta, Georgia

    2006-Present

    Work on design projects both at firms and with my own clients. Projects include print collateral, interactive design and development, branding, identity suites, educational support, and more.

  • Emory University

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Vetted Freelance Designer, 2006-Present

    Work on branding and layout projects. Also review merchandising submissions to make sure they conform to University’s brand guidelines.

  • Praxium Press

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Letterpress Printing Assistant, 2006-2012

    Helped run letterpress printing production for larger jobs as well as designed and produced letterpress projects for personal clients.

  • Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme

    Aichi Prefecture Board of Education

    Aichi Prefecture, Japan

    Assistant Language Teacher, 2001-2003

    Team-taught English to Japanese high school students at three different schools simultaneously. Developed and implemented lesson plans, started a school English-language newspaper and an English reading club.

Education

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Motion Media Design, MFA Candidate

    2014-present

  • The Creative Circus

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Certificate, Graphic Design

    2006

  • The Yamasa Institute

    Okazaki, Japan

    Intensive Japanese Program

    2003-2004

  • School of Culinary Arts

    Art Institute of Atlanta

    Atlanta, Georgia

    AA Culinary Arts (Honors)

    1995

  • University of South Carolina

    Department of Philosophy

    Columbia, South Carolina

    Master's Candidate, 1991-1993

    Teacher's Assistant, 1991-1993

  • Emory University

    Atlanta, Georgia

    BA Philosophy

    1991

Software

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Cinema 4D
  • Dragonframe
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • HTML/CSS Coding
  • JavaScript

Skills

  • Graphic Design
  • Stop-Motion Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Concept Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Title Sequence Design
  • Book binding
  • Letterpress printing

Extras

  • KINETIK - SCAD Motion Media Department Student Exhibition

    2017 Selected 2D Artist

    2016 Selected 3D Artist, Branding Team

    2015 Selected 2D Artist, Branding Team

  • 2016 Atlanta Film Festival - Sight & Sound party

    VJ Performance, Ponce City Market

  • 2016 SCAD Generate 24 Hour competition

    Participant

  • Fall 2016 Fall SCAD Collaborative Learning Center

    “Mercedes-Benz Experience” Project

    Midterm Project Manager, 3D Modeling, Presenter

  • “Odyssey: Redux”

    Multi Media Project by Prof Alessandro Imperato

    Cast Member

  • MOMENTUM - SCAD Atlanta Motion Media Design Club

    Founding Member

  • SCAD Student Film Title Sequences / End Credits (10+)