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OVERVIEW:

Accomplished artist, graphics designer, writer, web designer and photographer with over 30 years experience in newspaper and magazine production. product packaging, logo/identity, posters, books, magazines, signage, etc. Including a solid background in illustration, brochure design, and advertising consulting.

Computer literate in Macintosh, Windows98, FrontPage, PageMaker, PhotoShop, JavaScript applications and other Internet applications. Particular skills in full-color magazine production, plus experience in the re-design and start-up of publications and targeted advertising messages for: magazines, radio, newspapers, and the internet, etc., utilizing both traditional and digital media.


EMPLOYMEN
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• January 1997 to present: Web designer for larger sites including the Gillespie County Fair Association; Junction, Texas Chamber of Commerce and smaller personal and commercial sites.
• May 1995 to December 1998: Advertising consultant to Stonewall Chili Pepper Company. Responsibilities included design of all labels, packaging, promotional material and display ads for national magazines.
• January 1994 - January 1999: Editor, publisher, art director for Enchanted Rock Magazine.
• January 1989 - December 1993: Art Director for The American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas. Responsibilities included design, illustration, and photography for HerbalGram a quarterly magazine, plus numerous brochures, pamphlets and other educational material.
• January 1985 to December 1988: The Highlander, Texas’ largest weekly newspaper. Served as Llano County Editor, Burnet County Editor and Community Editor. Responsibilities included photography and writing for news and feature articles.
• June 1983-January 1985: Art Director for Highland Publishing company, Marble Falls, Texas. Responsibilities included production and design for Texas Fish & Game; graphic design for The Highlander.

MAGAZINE & BOOK DESIGN:

Enchanted Rock Magazine: Publisher, Editor, Art Director for a magazine on Texas history and adventure with national distribution.
HerbalGram: A complete redesign of a sixteen-page newsletter into a four-color magazine published for the American Botanical Council. 1990
An Anonymous Woman: Her Work Wrought in the 17th Century. Book design. Curious Works Press. 1992 • A Dream Come True: Hardcover book on Robert Hugman, the architect for the San Antonio River Walk. 1984

WEB DESIGN:

• Numerous web sites including: www.coopersbbq.com   |  www.terrywootanrealestate.com   |  www.llanoriver.com  |  www.daysgonebysoap.com  |  www.junctiontexas.net  |  www.gillespiefair.com  |  www.nailheadspur.com  etc.

ART EXHIBITIONS:
 
• Solo exhibition of graphic art at The Galley of the Hills, Lake Buchanan, Texas. 1997.
• Group show, "The Art of Money", at the Chelsea Gallery in NYC with Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers and others. 1969.
• Solo exhibition of paintings and prints at the Parente Gallery, NYC. 1968 & 1969.

WRITER:
 
• "Hill Country Pearls,"Texas Monthly, October, 1985.
• "Enchanted Rock: Holy Ground to the first Americans, "Texas Highways Magazine. January, 1985
• "Enchanted Rock," The Nature of Texas, a hardcover book featuring the best of Texas Highways Magazine. Texas A&M Press, publishers. 1990.

AWARDS:
 
• Certificate of Appreciation from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for providing numerous interpretative talks at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 1991
• First Place Environmental Coverage from the National Newspaper Association. 1988
• Second Place Environmental Coverage from the National Newspaper Association. 1987
• First Place Photography, Texas Press Association. 1985
• Second Place Best News Picture, South Texas Press Association. 1985

PUBLIC APPEARANCES:
 
•Featured on syndicated TV segment about Enchanted Rock for the Texas Country Reporter. 1992
• Radio interview on Enchanted Rock with Tumbleweed Smith for "The Sound of Texas." 1986
• TV feature on Enchanted Rock for KLRU-TV, Channel 18 in Austin, Texas. 1985

EDUCATION:
  Southwest Texas State University: San Marcos, Texas. BFA. Major, commercial art; Minor, English. Recipient of the Gates-Thomas Award, literary scholarship; Outstanding Art Student, scholarship: Outstanding Achievement Award.President of Kappa Pi, honorary art fraternity, two years. Art Editor for Persona, literary magazine, two years. Also a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, SWTSU Curriculum Committee, and Vice-chairman of the San Marcos Tourist Development Board.


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