eLearning Designer, Illustrator
Virtual Homeschool Group offers online courses to home school students and serves students throughout the world through at-your-own-pace and live, online courses. I am an instructor and create illustrations and e-learning material for the project. I work with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, and Captivate. I am working to learn Adobe Edge and HTML5 to prepare for the new cross-device world that more and more of the students are moving in to.
I began my own children's portraiture business when my oldest son turned four. I found that the world of children was endlessly fascinating and it stirred my love for photography and portraiture. Originally I worked in watercolor and pencil and added digital in 2003 when I got my first Wacom tablet and archival quality canvas prints became available. I lived in Greenville, SC for most of the time I took portrait commissions so the body of my work is largely there; though, there is a fair number of pieces in homes here in rural Arkansas.
I worked for a variety of firms through these years including creating and painting custom designs for The Popcorn Shoppe tins, a design firm that created mock ups for Yellow Page ads, newsletters and signage for small businesses in the Greenville, SC area.
South Carolina Equestrian Magazine
South Carolina Equestrian Magazine was a start up magazine focusing on the Piedmont area equestrian show circuit. The Trakehners were very popular at the time as well as the perennial favorites of Arabian and thoroughbreds. I cam on as the staff illustrator at the age of 21 by their third issue, the first one that was in color. I had grown up with a passion for horses, so you couldn't ask for a more enjoyable first professional position as an artist. Sadly, the magazine's circulation didn't grow as fast as the owners had hoped and they closed the magazine down after about a year and a half.