I have always been a visual storyteller.
In third grade I began studying picture books. It was the first visual medium I would grasp onto as a tool for creative expression. I dissected, analyzed, and copied a number of my favorite books...unfortunately, these studies have been lost to time. Later, comics became a source of inspiration. Starting with Archie comics and eventually Marvel and DC, I began to understand what was possible through visual communication.
My eagerness for creative expression as a kid eventually led me to Ringling College of Art & Design where I experimented with every medium under the sun. By the time I graduated, my focus had narrowed to illustration, digital image manipulation, photography, and design. Utilizing these tools, I have established a fulfilling career as an artist and art director.
Photo: Matt Sumi
Technical Knowledge: Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator, Capture One, Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/OneDrive, Google Docs/Sheets/Gmail/Drive, Dropbox, Slack, MacOS/Windows, other proprietary software.
Leadership, Creative, & Workflow Skills: Remote Art Direction, Creative Ideation, Creative Deck Development, Creative Team Management, Project Management, High Volume Production, Photo Editing, Photo Markup Instruction, Quality Assurance.

Freelance Creative Professional (Present)
• Video Direction: Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Tommy Bahama
• Photo Art Direction, On Figure: Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom Photo Studios, Amazon Photo Studios, Tommy BahamaRun Studios, RRD
• Photo Art Direction, Product: Tommy Bahama, RRD
• Photo Retouching: Nordstrom, Nike, Redfin, Facebook, NARS Cosmetics, Boeing, Cutter & Buck, Blue Nile, See Kai Run, Seattle Bride Magazine
• Illustration: Moment App, City University of New York, Cambridge University Press, Offbeat Empire
Art Director - Nordstrom (September 2012 - 2019)
• Planned, cast, and directed Nordstrom’s kids editorial photoshoots, including monthly regular price items and Back to School, Holiday, and Anniversary Sale campaigns.
• Memorized and implemented Nordstrom’s style and photography guides, helping to increase production from 40 garments per day to 65 garments per day.
• Managed two photo crews at a time, doubling e-commerce on-figure photo editing from 250 shots per day to 500 shots per day.
Senior Digital Image Editor - Nordstrom (June 2012 - September 2012)
Digital Image Editor - Nordstrom (2005 - June 2012)
• Maintained superior photo retouching standards for Nordstrom’s e-commerce and editorial photography.
• Updated photo retouching standards, including writing scripts and actions for Nordstrom’s Designer editorial photography, reducing retouching time from 30 mins per image to 10 minutes per image.
• Trained new hires on photo retouching standards for editorial photography.
• Developed and maintained a tight production schedule while resolving issues and building trust between the post and pre-production teams.
Artist - Filter Digital (2004)
• Fulfilled a wide range of needs for numerous clients as an Illustrator, Photo Retoucher, Designer, Mock-up Artist, and other roles. All positions required tight deadlines and close attention to detail.
Lead Digital Painter - Hot Java Productions (2003)
• Created color and lighting style guides and hand-painted hundreds of finished panels for a series of direct-to-video motion comics.
Other Experience: Art Direction Mentor (2018-2019), President of Condo Association (2014-2019), Board Member of Condo Association (2010-2014), Picture Frame Designer (2004-2005), Office Assistant (2004), Hand Model (2003), Retail Cashier (2003), Retail Stock Clerk (2003), Restaurant Busser (2003), Movie Theater Concessionist (2001-2002), Office File Clerk (1998-2002), Elementary Art Instructor (1997-1998), Gymnastics Coach (1994-1998)
Ringling College of Art & Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration/Painting
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