about.

I can be compared to a round peg in a square hole. I wasn't made to fit comfortably inside a box. I dare to be  creative and go against the grain. "What's that?" you say. "I can fit inside a circle?" Well, in that case, at least I'm not spending my days wasting away in an undesigned cubical.       

I recently obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Advertising at NABA, Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy, after having already received degrees in Business and Visual Communications from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA. The combination of these degrees has allowed me to

analyze the creative side of the industry and think in abstract terms, while maintaining a focus on business strategies. In my eyes, it is not enough to find a solution to a problem, for every problem ultimately has a solution. The magic is in finding a creative solution that fosters curiosity in the viewer’s mind.

 

Although I grew up in Atlanta, I always had the desire to “taste” the world. My travels have taken me from Atlanta to California, to Europe and Asia. Adapting to new places has allowed me to broaden my vision of design and gain inspiration from unique experiences. It is my philosophy that it doesn’t take a designer to recognize a compelling and impactful design. A good design should evoke some sort of emotion. Whether it’s a tear, a smirk, an eyebrow raise, or a ‘holy shit’ moment. Nobody remembers the mundane.

 

Overall, I've come to believe that finding one’s calling is not about seeing where you fit, but discovering how you can make yourself fit.

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artwork.

With no formal fine arts training, I have drawn upon my love of design and experiences to create abstract pieces of art. My work is inspired by the contours of the human figure, with emphasis on each individual feature, and how they join together as a whole. With the use of color blocking, the painted shapes become lines, taking on different forms and therefore creating their own being. I challenge viewers to tilt their head to the side, grasp imagination by the throat and expand their view of art. 

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Designed 2D and 3D graphics, as well as 

 written tutorial for photo retouching

Designed wedding stationery and accompanying graphics to reflect client vision

JAN. 2017

MASTER OF ARTS: CREATIVE ADVERTISING 

NABA/ NUOVA ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI, MlLANO, ITALY

A joint initiative with Media Design School  in Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Media Design School is New Zealand's most nationally & internationally awarded private higher education institute for the creative industries.

FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

JAN 2017 - OCT 2018

MARCH 2015

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

FIDM/ FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING, LOS ANGELES, CA

 

Magna Cum Laude 
Nominated for Business Management award

MARCH 2016 - AUG 2016

ADVERTISING AGENCY DESIGN INTERNSHIP

RBA DESIGN, MILANO, ITALY

 

Assisted the design team in the production and marketing of products to create a strong, recognizable brand identity

Participated in building out proposals for campaigns

Translated Italian copy into English in order to serve international campaigns

SEP. 2013

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS: VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 

FIDM/ FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING, LOS ANGELES, CA

Summa Cum Laude 
Nominated for VisuaI Communications award 

APRIL 2014 - JUNE 2015

GRAPHIC ARTIST 

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

 

Designed a variety of print and digital projects including: signage, web and print advertisements, printed collateral and promotional materials

 

Collaborated with Marketing Coordinator on implementing strategic marketing campaigns for multimedia usage

 

Conceptualized, researched, and mocked up design ideas for new collateraI materials

 

Single-handedly developed a complete

style guide for the eight locations in the

Los Angeles Region 

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