My family planted and nurtured the creative seeds that have helped me become who I am today. My mom studied fashion merchandising and brought her love for fashion and style into everyday living throughout our household. My grandmother worked as a pattern maker and technical designer for various fashion houses in New York. My grandfather was a photographer for the New York Press and had an amazing sense of personal style. My father put an appreciation for automotive design and engineering that I’ve had since I was a kid.
After graduating high school, my passion for design and art landed me an acceptance at The School of Visual Arts in New York where I studied fine art. Being exposed to the world of fine art really helped to shape my awareness of world culture, design literacy and understanding how art inspires popular culture. While in art school I hit a point where learning about art inspired me to go deeper in my understanding of myself. After leaving art school I accepted part-time work at a local elementary school, spending much of my time doing self-reflection.
Working in an elementary school environment was strange territory. Although uncomfortable at first, working with youth was very fulfilling and it allowed me to discover the passion for teaching people things. It was Dr. Maria Palandra and Mrs. Joy Madera’s mentorship that inspired me take the opportunity seriously and it transformed me into a new person. I then relocated from New York to Orlando Florida and I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Design and my Masters in Public Relations from Full Sail University, a media and design school in Central Florida.
That educational experience exposed me to the principles of visual design, communications strategies, user experience design, client relations and project management—subject matters that have helped me become a well rounded creative professional and communicator. Having clients who trusted me to help them craft their brand image and business communications at the highest level possible, has helped me develop into a proven creative professional.
My journey has allowed me to work with organizations such as Florida State Parks, Paula White Ministries, Vero Beach Polo and The Walton Family Foundation. Whether it be websites, marketing materials, press releases or brand identity design, I have a desire to leave an imprint in the world of high-end design and luxury culture
For the past 7 years I’ve also been teaching university level design courses here in Centra Florida. I teach the same design principles that have worked for my personal projects. As Course Director at Full Sail University I teach interactive design principles, wireframe development, and usability design principles.