I work across government, commercial, education and non-profit domains providing marketing and strategic design support to organizations in need of inventive marketing and strategies that mean something.
I help clients design processes and technologies, and develop behaviors and practices that support the big picture - be that growing their business, repairing a broken system, changing company culture, realigning goals to a new vision, or simply drafting a kickass social media strategy to keep up with the cool kids.
I like the challenge of innovating ‘non-cookie cutter’ strategic plans. It demands creativity and an understanding of the bottom-line drive.
I have developed myself as a professional and SME in the areas of change management, business development and marketing, working with diverse teams to support an eccentric client base in those same areas.
I currently work as an independent consultant, providing strategic planning, marketing and writing/editing services to clients in the commercial, non-profit, education, health, government and real estate sectors. [See client list.]
Wanna work together? Contact me at email@example.com.
P.S. I mean it. I'm certified in this stuff: Certified Change Management Practitioner Certified Knowledge Manager
Fine Art & Illustrations
Why I Art
The fear of messing up can be crippling.
We are taught to follow the leader, that haste makes waste, to move only when Simon says, contain disruptive emotions, filter taboo ideas, and – by all means – color between the lines. It is easy to mess up when there are so many rules to follow. Jump when Simon did not say “jump,” and you’re out. A world without rules may be chaos, but a world over-ruled is not order; it is suffocating.
My art is an exercise in rule breaking. It is a series of mistakes, made on purpose. When I paint, it is not a delicate process. It is fierce, messy and emotional. It starts like this: a tube of paint, a canvas, and the hardest whip or flick of a wrist I can muster to throw a splotch of pigment. Then the next color of paint, then the next. Done in a safe space where I can let the paint – and spirits – fly, there is no messing up, only starting over.
My goal is to create a stirring in those that see my work, for them to imagine the process it took to create the beautiful chaos on the canvas – broken rules and whole lotta messing up. And to know: mistakes were made, and everyone is still standing.
[These are selections from current series. Want to see more? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.]
16"x20" | acrylic on wood + found metals, flower
20"x16" | acrylic on canvas
20"x20" | acrylic on canvas + charcoal, pencil
40"x50" | acrylic, paint thinner, spray paint on canvas
16"x16" | acrylic on canvas
16"x20" | acrylic on canvas + found mirror
'Til Queendom Come
Launched in August 2017, ‘Til Queendom Come is my online publication of real stories about the slow, sudden and awkward (r)evolutions humans endure in this experiment we call life.
Being that I am female and considerably thorny, it is an understatement to note that themes of “womanhood” and “cringe-worthy awkwardness” shine through, shall we say, dazzlingly in the writing and illustrations of this publication.
About the illustrations - I designed an iconic mascot and illustration style to accompany the various stories published under 'Til Queendom Come. The mascot's name is “Q” and she is ridiculous. Her ridiculousness helps keep the message and focus of the writings on point, and offers levity when the stories are particularly dark.
These are a few of the illustrations. Checkout the full publication and see what Q is up to here.
Velocity is the Maryland Institute and College of Art's (MICA) semiannual magazine that brings you a collection of ideas, images and information about their students, faculty, alumni and staff.
My first series of Velocity stories is scheduled for publication in issue NO. 2 (Fall 2017). Please check back in October 2017 for the story links.
The 2017 edition of the Maryland Institute and College of Art (MICA) Graduate Studies View Book is eye candy with strategic key messages. It accomplishes the nuanced feat of "showing" versus "telling." The book is structured with the postmodern creative in mind. It has order, without having to rely on conventional organization methods like table of contents, and obvious topic-based sections.
I partnered with the MICA communications team to develop the book outline, focusing on three need-to-know questions: Why grad school? Why MICA? Why Baltimore? Then came the answers. I wrote punchy "Because" statements, carefully crafted artist profiles and assisted with the selection of dynamic visual elements, weaving together a view book for our times, with the future in mind.