Design and Marketing Consultant
March 1998–Present

Working with organizations to motivate and inspire design staff, concept new product options, or produce media for a new approach to an already established brand. Past clients include: Music Direct, Edward Don, Allen Brothers, Eco-Technologies, The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and GB Affiliates.

Senior Art Director - Hammacher Schlemmer
March 1998–May 2001

Responsible for the look and feel of all materials, most significantly, the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. Co-created with the Copy Director in creation of concepts—maintaining brand consistency. Worked with Head of Merchandising for product placement—paginating the twenty to twenty-five catalogs annually.

• Project Conception
• Layout and Design
• Photo Art Direction
• Final color approval of all printed pieces
• Hiring and management of design staff

Art Director/Graphic Designer - Visual Communication Chicago, Inc.
September 1991–March 1998 2016

Began as a part time business venture and emerged into a full time position promoting such clients as Black & Decker, Camden Partners International, and The Meetinghouse Companies

• Concept through production of advertising campaigns
• Promotional and corporate identity programs
• Management of freelance designers, copywriters and photographers

Art Director / Designer - Donovan & Associates
November 1989–January 1993

Duties of this position included the conception and production of advertising campaigns promoting such clients as Shaxted, Robert Vance and JMB Urban Development Corporation. Campaigns included materials ranging from ROP ads to four and five-color catalogs. Materials produced included catalogs for the 900 North Michigan Shops, Oakbrook Center and Stratford Square.

• Concept and Design
• Model Selection
• Direction of Photography
• Final Press Checks


Master of Fine Arts [MFA]
Northern Illinois University; Studio Art–Painting, May 1989

Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA]
Northern Illinois University; Studio Art–Illustration, December 1986

Associate of Arts [AA]
William Rainey Harper College; Liberal Arts, July 1982


College Art Association, 105th Annual Conference, New York, February 15-18, 2017
Session Chair, "Change Artists-Using the Arts to Leverage Change"

College Art Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 2014
Society of Typographic Aficionados, TypeCon2013; Part&, Portland, OR 2013
Society of Typographic Aficionados, TypeCon2011: Surge, New Orleans, LA 2011
American Institute of Graphic Arts, GAIN Business Design Conference, New York2010
College Art Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 2010
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Future History 3, Educators Conference, Chicago, IL 2009
American Institute of Graphic Arts, GAIN Business Design Conference, Chicago, IL 2008
QuarkXPress 8 Xperience Design Global Tour, Chicago, IL 2008
National University & College Designers Association, Design Education Summit, DeKalb, IL 2008
QuarkXPress Symposium, Chicago, IL 2007
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Next, National Design Conference, Denver, CO 2007
American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Power of Design, National Conference, Vancouver, BC 2003
American Institute of Graphic Arts, GAIN Chicago, one-day business conference, Chicago, IL 2003
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Regional Design Education Conference, Chicago, IL 2002
How Design Conference San Francisco, CA 2001
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Internet Only Design Conference, Miami Beach, FL 2000
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Risk & Reward Conference, San Francisco, CA 2000


Chicago Scene Magazine, Contributing Writer; 2015–Present
College Art Association of America, Member; 1988–Present
American Institute of Graphic Arts , Member; 1999–Present
Bluestone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Represented Artist; 2015–Present
Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL, Represented Artist; 2015–Present
Filter Photo Festival, Reviewer; 2010–12, 2015-16
Gallery H, Three Oaks, MI, Represented Artist; 2002–2015