I am a graphic designer & photographer with 20+ years of experience. Over the years, I have worked for a large, international corporation and on the other end of the spectrum, a small privately owned business
. Eventually, I started my own 2-person design business in 2001 and continue my freelance business today on my own.
I received my Associates Degree in Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing
in 1996. I design for both print & web; specializing in print. A large portion of my design work is branding, logo design and print collateral. I have a passion for clean design using typography, color and photography
. I am most happy when I can take on a project that allows me to incorporate all of these elements. I have extensive experience using the Adobe Creative Suite of design applications. I recently made the jump to subscribing to the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC). It is very important to me that I keep up with industry standards.
Circumstances in life brought me from Chicago, Illinois to San Diego, California. I live with my daughter and help care for my grandson (with another one on the way). I currently handle freelance work through my old clients in Chicago, and stock photography for Getty Images. Being able to work for home and set my own hours works very well with my living situation. I now have the opportunity to work outside of the home and am very interested in sharing my knowledge and expertise with others. I am looking to tutor others in graphic design concepts in addition to the software applications used in design. I also possess a highly technical background so along with teaching about design I'd love to tutor others in the proper use of a computer
in the design process. That includes understanding the operating system, file naming conventions, storage and organization
. I have worked mainly in a PC environment but I am also skilled with the Apple operating system.
Finally, my main passion in life is photography. I have been able to turn my hobby into a paying gig by licensing my images through stock photography agencies. I license privately and through Getty Images. So I add photography to my tutoring list. What I want to offer is how to operate a DSLR camera and the associated workflow in getting an image from camera to computer to final file whether that be for sharing with family and social networks or in creating a digitally correct file for use in print & web design
. Not only do I want to share the technical side of photography, I want to share the creative side. How to compose an image, how to make a visually pleasing image.
I have privately tutored many people of all ages over the years and look forward to meeting new people in San Diego and sharing my skills, my expertise and my passion for design and photography.