My biography

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Visual Artist, Educator and Multimedia Designer exploring and investigating the Human Condition through Photography.

Career Experience

2017-2020: Educational Trainer for Web Development and Digital Media at Upskilled in South Australia AU. Guide and Mentor Students through Practical Labs, Provide Support for Investigation and Study, and Integrate e-Learning Resources while supplying Constructive Feedback for progression to earn Certifications and Diplomas. Evaluate Customised Solutions Developed in Visual Studio and Microsoft .Net for Windows Applications, ASP Server-Side Technologies, MVC, SQL, C#, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python, Xamarin and XAML. Moderate Assessment of activities and exercises to Confirm Evidence for Competency and Compliance according to industry standards.

2017-2018: Graphic Production Designer at Peregrine Corporation in South Australia AU. Assemble Promotional Guides for Marketing and Merchandising of major supermarket brands including Krispy Kreme, Guzman Y Gomez, Oporto, Moe's Dog & Shake and Subway. Design Nutritional and Country of Origin Labels, Establish Procedures and Guidelines, Automate and Package Templates for Brumby's Bakery. Produce press ready files for fridge decals, corflutes, door posters, petrol bowsers, and point of sale displays at OTR convenience stores throughout South Australia. Photograph, Enhance and Optimise Images for a Range of Devices, and Edit Video Advertisements for Hungry Jack's and Wokinabox in syndication at The Bend Motorsport Park. Establish Digital Asset Management, Produce Image and InDesign Templates for Consistency and Automation, Procedures and Guidelines for Store Display, Social Media, Internet and Mobile Applications.

2015-2017: Web Development & Digital Media Trainer at ACTE in Elizabeth, South Australia AU. Deliver units of competency for Web Development and Digital Media Technology. Capture Photographs and Video for Composite and Production, Media Management, Inspect Website Solutions in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, XML, XSL and Responsive Layout using Bootstrap framework. Classroom demonstrations based on Adobe Creative Suite Premiere Pro, After Effects, Green Screen, Media Encoder, Photoshop, 3DS Max, CINEMA 4D and Illustrator. Faculty Lead for Supplemental Resource Materials, Web and Database Development, MySQL, PHP, and Apache.

2013-2015: Graphic Designer & Full-Stack Developer at Stellar Digital in Gawler, South Australia AU. Development of Web and UI Elements, HTML, WordPress, PHP, CSS3, MySQL, JavaScript, Client-Side and Server-Side Scripting Languages. Integrated Marketing Automation Platforms, Google Development Tools, Campaigns, Analytics Tracking, Scripted Website Content, Liaised for Commonality, Determined Requirements, Branding and Design, Logo and Graphics Authoring, Office Signage and Email Marketing. Supervised Staff, Mockup Website Designs, Photograph & Video Products, FTP Backup and Migration, CPANEL and MySQL Database Setup, Install and Update CMS Plugins, Maintain Internet Hosting and Domain Resources for DNS, MX and A RECORDS. Clients included small business holiday rentals and special events, rehabilitation and therapeutic services, financial advice, agriculture and mining, wine producers, pubs, adventure and catering, engineering, architecture and theatre. Remote training and support for setup of client environments, mail servers and applications in Windows, Android, iOS.

2012-2013: Promotional Designer & Front End Developer at North East Isuzu in Burton, South Australia AU. Cultivate Print Advertisements, for Isuzu, IVECO, and Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge brands. Launch Website Solutions using HTML, PHP, MySQL, and CSS. Foster Brand Style Guidelines, Construct a Dealer Archive Repository of images, product models, price and specifications for Facilitation of Production Materials and Search Engine Marketing. Alignment of Marketing Strategy, Design of High Quality Graphics and Repurposing of Photographs for Tailored Brand Coverage on regional service centre facilities, windows, walls, doors and vehicles.

2010-2012: Print Publication & Web Designer at Sprint Auto Parts in Mawson Lakes, South Australia AU. Originate, Proof and Prepare Retail Catalogues distributed to over 600,000 households and Photograph Products for Web and Print Publication. Pioneer Website Solution, Design Layout with Style Guide and Brand considerations, Index Parts Archive, Manage Website Enquiries, Events and Promotions for major brands including RYCO, Narva, and Shell. Procure and Initiate Actions to Management required for Search Engine Optimisation, Electronic Direct Mail Communication, Organise Contact Lists, and Coalesce Major Brand Competitions covering the Adelaide 500, Gazzanats, and Adelaide Auto Expo.

2000-2009: Visual Arts Faculty at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA. Educator and enthusiast for Digital Technology, Investigative Imaging Methods, Graphic Exploration and Photo Reproduction. Delivered course concepts in Design Technology, Digital Imaging and Traditional Darkroom Photography chemical processing of RA-4, E-6, C-41 and B/W. Specialized in Large Format Fine Art Fibre Printing, Analogue to Digital Scanning of Film and Historical Concepts of Art, Science and Culture. Research Current Trends in Hardware and Software to Envision and Consolidate Syllabus, Schedule, Activities and Literature for Business Continuing Education programs. Participated in Canon and Adobe workshops for Great Lakes Digital Soup2Nuts featuring original Photoshop creator Thomas Knoll, internationally recognised artist and author Katrin Eisman, and photographers Jeff Schewe, Jennifer Baker, Terry Abrams and Don Werthmann.

2008-2009: Adjunct Faculty of Visual Communications at The Art Institute of Michigan, Novi, Michigan USA. Course concepts encompassed Digital Photography, Composition, the Zone System, ISO/Film Speed, Exposure, Motion, and Lighting. Adobe Creative Suite embracing Camera Raw, Image Enhancement, Color Management, Non-Destructive Workflow, LightRoom, and Photoshop.

2007-2008: Center Director for Arrowwood Hills Cooperative, a Community Non-Profit Housing Cooperative located in Ann Arbor, MI USA. Responsibilities consisted of Web Design and Computer Administration, Monthly Newsletters, Cultural Events, Adult Education classes, After School & Teen Outreach Programs, Food Distribution, Grant Writing to Obtain Government Funding and formal Recording of Budget, Attendance, Activities and Statistics.

2005-2006: Web Designer and Graphic Designer for The Creative Group in Southfield, MI USA. International Graphic and Promotional Design for Commercial Brand Advertisements published in the Coupon Book with Entertainment Publications. Contracted as Web Designer to Implement Updates in HTML and PHP for enhancement of Cellular and Satellite Technology website at Wireless Toyz.

2003-2005: Marketing, Sales and Web Designer for Twin Pines Paper in Canton, Michigan USA. HTML and PHP Web Development, Graphics and Promotional Material, Private Label Design in cooperation with Kimberly-Clark, Packaging and Distribution with XPEDX. Achieved Sales Targets through Cold Calling, Researching Industry Trends, Meeting Face-to-Face, Sales Closing, Arrangement of Delivery, Terms and Conditions. Acknowledged Relationships, Maintained Integrity and Brand Awareness through National Trade Shows, e-Marketing, Networking Opportunities and Coordinated Agreements for Government Contracts. Software Administration of Windows Server, Setup Small Office Network, Internet Message Access Protocol, ACT Contact Management System Database, Information Gathering, Sales Team Network Integration for Detailed Documentation of Client Cases.

Educational Qualifications

2015: Australian Institute of Technology Transfer - Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Make a Presentation, Plan Assessment Activities and Processes, Assess Competence, Participate in Assessment Validation, Provide Work Skill Instruction; Plan, Organise and Deliver Group-based Training and Learning in the Workplace, Design and Develop Learning Programs, Use Training Packages and Accredited Courses to Meet Client Needs, Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills.

2003-2007: Wayne State University - Master of Arts in Photography
Studied 20th Century Art, Printmaking, and Visual Experiences ranging from Traditional & Digital Photo Processes, Pronto Plate Lithography, Etched metal Substrate, Serigraphy, Photo Restoration, Drawing, Image Preparation & Optimization. Master's Thesis Documentation of Urban Blight in Detroit, MI USA reflecting on the History, Industrial Trends, Success and Failures of Consumerism, and Bearing Witness to the City in a Post-Industrial Landscape.

1997-1999: Washtenaw Community College - Associate of Technical Studies in Photographic Technology
Curriculum ranged from Traditional Darkroom Photography, 35mm, 120mm and 4x5" Film, Studio, RC & Fibre Printing & Toning, RA-4 Color & E-6 Chrome Film Processing. Medium and Large Format Digital Capture, Macintosh OS, Film Scanning and Printing Technology, Industry Imaging Software for Photo Optimisation, Internegatives, Manipulation and Colour Management yielding Archival Giclée prints.

1992-1996: Michigan State University - Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
Versed in Management, Economics, Accounting, Market Research, Materials and Logistics, General Business Law and Quantitative Business Research Methods. Analyzed companies for Efficiency, Profitability & Liquidity, and engaged in Statistics Probability, Sales, Accounting and Forecasting. Evaluated International Target Markets, Norms and Buyer Behavior Patterns, Examined Population Segments and the Life Cycle of Market Trends. Member of MSU Marketing Association with additional coursework in Engineering, Computer-aided Design and Drafting, Freehand Sketching, Two and Three Dimensional Visualization, Sociology, Diversity & Equality, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology and Art.

Gallery Exhibitions

2009: 555 Arts Gallery - Detroit, MI
Photographs exhibited for Consumptuous Consumerism.

2009: The Gallery Project - Ann Arbor, MI
Photographs exhibited for Change and Sense of Place.

2004: The Huron River Review - Ann Arbor, MI
Photographs exhibited in several Literary Magazine editions.

2003: Michigan Guild - Ann Arbor, MI
Photographs exhibited in Visual Arts Faculty Show.